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Preparing for Fall 2021 Semester

The Department of English is anticipating a return to in-person classes this fall, and is offering several new and exciting courses.

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Explore literature, media, and creative arts

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Join critics, scholars, and artists in teaching and learning

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Combine aesthetic, formal, and historical analysis

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Major & Minor

Pursue a degree or take courses in one of our distinct program tracks.

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Graduate Studies

The National Research Council ranks our English PhD program among the best in the country.

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Our faculty and students participate in numerous individual and collaborative research projects.

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Faculty News

Jeffrey Q. McCune, Jr., associate professor of women, gender, and sexuality studies and of African and African American studies at Washington University in St. Louis, has been named director of the Frederick Douglass Institute in the School of Arts & Sciences. The Department of English is delighted to welcome him to the university and we are excited to work with him.

Jeffrey McCune

Inspiration Project

The Inspiration Project, sponsored by the Literary Arts Program, recently finished its 11th year. This was the first time students from the University and participants from CP Rochester participated virtually. Click the image below to view this year's anthology of written work.

dignity anthology 2021

Did you know?

English department faculty have garnered numerous awards and honors, including from the National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim Foundation, Newberry Library, and Modern Language Association, among others.

For 20+ years, Professor Emeritus Russell Peck led the “Theater in England” course, shepherding participants to multiple plays each day over two weeks. Katherine Mannheimer now leads the course.

Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly, a journal devoted to the artist and poet William Blake, is celebrating its 50th year in 2016-17.

Mulberg (R) is seeing his passion for baseball and his Jewish heritage come together, coaching in this year's Olympic Games

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English Alumnus’ Olympic Dream Realized

For Nate Mulberg ’14, baseball and his Jewish heritage have played significant roles in his life—personally and professionally. Now the two have come together on the world’s biggest stage, as Mulberg represents Team Israel as an assistant baseball coach at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer.

He credits the University of Rochester with helping him chart his own course and chase his passions. An English major, Mulberg was also worked at the campus radio station, wrote for the Campus Times student newspaper, and served as web broadcaster for Yellowjacket athletic events—all in addition to his four-year stint with the baseball program.

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126internships and research projects

In the last two years, undergraduates have completed 126 English Department honors theses, local and national internships, and independent research projects.

Alumni in the News

Kali Quinn illustration by David CowlesKali Quinn '03
BA in English

Via Rochester Review: "What’s Your Script?"
Through ‘compassionate creativity,’ theater artist Kali Quinn ’03 finds her own script, and helps others find theirs. Artwork: David Cowles for Rochester Review

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