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Department of English

The study of English is fundamental to a liberal arts and sciences education. English Department faculty members teach students to read perceptively and critically; to understand the historical, cultural and aesthetic dimensions of language and literature; and to write with clarity and precision.  We offer courses in literature, film, composition, rhetoric, and creative writing. Read More

Why English?

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If you are a student reading this page, you probably already know why you want to study English. You already feel the pull of the word and the image. You already know the pleasure afforded by language shaped into stories, poems, memoirs, and essays.  Read More 

Student Spotlight

“I didn’t really play video games or interact with video games at all during middle school and most of high school, which is rare for someone who would refer to themselves as a gamer,” Shannon Haas says, noting that these days she does in fact consider herself a gamer.

As she’s delved into the immersive world of avatars, fantastical graphics and outrageous plots, she has been struck by the hypersexualized portrayal of female characters, particularly in some of the industry’s most popular franchises. (Ever heard of Grand Theft Auto?)

Read more of this article featured on The College Today.


The Department of English's annual newsletter, Folio, features stories on alumni and current students, new professors, notes on faculty and more.

Department News

What Can I Do With an English Major?
Posted on 23 March 2017 | 8:05 pm
It’s a question that all of us book nerds have asked at some point in our lives.  Contrary to popular belief, the answer is A LOT.  On Wednesday, April 29th, 6:30-8:30 in Alumni Center (EHHP), Sigma Tau Delta and the Graduate English Association present a panel of people who majored in English and used their […]
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English Major Elizabeth Torpey to Present at Coker College
Posted on 7 February 2017 | 8:50 am
English major Elizabeth Torpey will present a paper this month at the Coker Humanities Undergraduate Conference at Coker College in Hartsville, SC. In her paper, “Golden Worlds: A Pastoral Paradise,” Elizabeth explores how early modern poets and writers invoked the classical trope of the “golden world” to express a variety of political and philosophical positions. […]
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English Major Cathy Keaton Featured in The College Today
Posted on 4 November 2016 | 4:18 pm
The College Today published a feature on English major Cathy Keaton and her success pursuing a degree as a nontraditional student. Senior Citizen Pursues Lifelong Goal to Earn Degree
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Happy Birthday, John Keats!
Posted on 31 October 2016 | 9:02 pm
We all know that October 31st is Halloween, but did you know it was also John Keats’s birthday? In English 350, Keats, we celebrated both in style by having cupcakes and reading the decidedly macabre Isabella, or the Pot of Basil.
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Department Events

Mar 27, 2017 5:00 pm
Part pedagogy, part rhetoric, and part theory, the act of describing specific scenes, shots, and sequences in films is probably the most common and the most underestimated way we respond to movies.
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Apr 6, 2017 7:00 pm
Award-winning poet Dana Levin will deliver a reading of her work, followed by a Q&A. Books will be available for purchase and refreshments will be served.
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