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Department of English Language and Literature

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Our department encompasses a number of fields, from literature and creative writing to rhetoric, film and media studies, linguistics, and critical theory. Whether you major or minor in English, or simply take a course or two with us, you’ll be taught by truly engaged professors and learn alongside students who love what they’re doing.

Our People

Under the tutelage of more than 60 faculty members, our 500 undergraduate majors and more than 100 graduate students develop a sophisticated knowledge of the role that language and literature play in shaping the worlds we inherit and inhabit. Students also develop the skills for putting such knowledge to everyday use.


Courses of Study

Our internationally known scholars offer courses in English and American literature, African American studies, composition and rhetoric,  history of authorship and publishing, literary theory, critical theory, linguistics, communication studies, film, and creative writing.

In addition to the general undergraduate major, students can have a concentration in writing or in secondary education.  Our graduate program features a curriculum that provides opportunities for foundational training, specialized inquiry, and directed interdisciplinary scholarship.  Depending on their interests, graduate students can earn a Master of Arts, Master of Teaching, Master of Fine Arts, or a Ph.D. degree.


Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.