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We aren’t just an academic department. We’re a vibrant and supportive culture and community preparing creative problem solvers to take part in our global society through meaningful work.

Welcome to the English Department.

I think what I appreciate most about English majors is that they are taught to think critically, and that is exactly what I want in my business. Busy with a start-up, a new book to finish, speeches, and running my regular business to boot, what I need is to be able to give someone an assignment and have them do it. Period. That is exactly what I get from the English majors. They know how to think, to think for themselves, and how to analyze a problem. Business majors are fine, but they are preoccupied with theory, proving themselves, and doing it "right." But the English majors are used to getting a tough assignment, figuring it out, and getting it done, (usually) on time.

Steve Strauss, Best-selling author, USA Today columnist, and small business expert, on why he hires English Majors

What we offer:

Featuring a faculty who are actively engaged in shaping their respective fields through their scholarship and research, the English Department offers cutting-edge curricula across our undergraduate and M.A. programs in literary and cultural studies, rhetoric and composition, and creative writing, preparing our students for rewarding careers and creative, fulfilling professional and personal lives.

In addition to housing the First-Year Writing Program, the English Department is also home to:

Two undergraduate majors:

  • The English Major
  • The Secondary Education English Major

Two graduate programs that serve as preparation for Ph.D. programs, provide professional development and advancement for teachers, and prepare people to succeed professionally in both academic and corporate arenas:

  • The M.A. Program in Literary and Cultural Studies
  • The M.A. Program in Rhetoric and CompositionA vibrant literary culture anchored by:

An exciting creative writing curriculum taught by notable American writers

To assist you in your academic, professional, and personal endeavors, we offer, in addition to a supportive faculty and culture, the following financial assistance and professional preparation and opportunities:

  • Talent scholarships for our undergraduate majors
  • The opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to join an International Honors Society that offers scholarships, opportunities to publish and present research, and other professional opportunities
  • Graduate Assistantships for M.A. students to provide financial support as well as opportunities for professionalization and teaching experience
  • Merit Tuition Awards for M.A. Students Research opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate level
  • Professional internships at the undergraduate and graduate level
  • A vibrant and supportive student culture and literary journal
  • An engaged and caring alumni network and overall department culture that will support you while you are here and be a supportive home and resource for you after you graduate
  • An Annual Student Awards Ceremony honoring student work with cash awards
  • Top-notch advising and more….

Where it can take you:

Please forget the stereotypes of the penniless English Majors waiting tables with their degrees. We reject them, and so should you—because they are untrue. In English Studies we cultivate people with vibrant and creative imaginations, exceptional writing and communication skills, as well as precise and in-depth analytical and critical thinking skills—in short, a skill set that employers in all spheres and industries indicate are sorely lacking in most job-seekers these days. In addition to sending our students on to top law schools and doctoral programs as well as successful teaching careers, our alumni have excelled in careers in professional writing, social media, marketing, web-content management, research, consulting, editing, public relations, library science, politics and lobbying, communications, business, and more, precisely because we give them valuable skills, such as:

  •  The creative imagination and analytical skills to solve problems and invent new possibilities
  • The knowledge and ability to understand, appreciate, and relate respectfully to people and works of art from diverse cultures and to communicate across borders, which will set you apart in our increasingly global society
  • The writing and communication skills to produce and analyze texts in the digital age

For more information regarding our programs, please feel free to contact us.

Tim Libretti, Chair, 773-442-5823

Ryan Poll, English Major Advisor and M.A. Lit Advisor, 773-442-5824

Tim Scherman, Secondary Education English Major Advisor

Tim Barnett, M.A. Rhetoric and Composition Advisor

Department Office: 2010 Lech Walesa Hall  |  773-442-5810


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