The Department of English is devoted to the study of literature, media, and creative arts. We offer courses in all periods and genres of English, American, and Anglophone literature—poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and drama—as well as a wide array of classes in creative writing, film, media studies, journalism, rhetoric, and theater.

The department joins critics, scholars, and artists in an environment that fosters interactive learning and teaching, with extensive opportunities to pursue internships and independent research.


Undergraduate majors may choose from four distinct tracks in the major:

We also offer minors in English literature, creative writing, journalism, and theater. Double majoring in English and in another department or program is readily managed.

Our internationally recognized graduate program offers:

Our alumni have gone on to academic careers at some of the nation’s most respected colleges and universities.

English at the University

The Department of English maintains wide-ranging connections with other University programs in African and African-American studies; American studiescomparative literature; digital media studiesfilm and media studiesgender, sexuality and women’s studiesliterary translation and theater at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The department sponsors the Plutzik Series, an annual literary reading series that brings distinguished poets and fiction writers to campus. We also regularly host lectures, conferences, workshops, and symposia on a wide variety of subjects of scholarly and general interest.