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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of English and Literary Arts

Department of English

Department of English and Literary Arts

Take your studies in a new direction.

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You may wonder what you can do with an English degree. The question is, what can't you do? Our undergraduate and graduate programs in literature and creative writing will teach you to think imaginatively, communicate effectively and develop the kind of creative abilities that will help you grow and flourish as an individual.

From teaching and writing to editing, publishing and marketing, you'll leave with the skills and knowledge to pursue a variety of professions in a wide range of fields.

Work with innovative faculty

Our faculty includes writers, critics and scholars who regularly publish in the best journals and presses. They come to the University from around the world to work with and inspire you.

Get personal attention

Classes rarely include more than 15 students, which means you'll have the chance to work one-on-one with some of the best writers and literary scholars in the country.

Experience the Liberal Arts Advantage

The Liberal Arts Advantage (LAA) is a program supporting Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) students by enriching their intellectual life beyond the classroom.

Its primary goal is to welcome you into the liberal arts community by articulating the value of a liberal arts education. It does this through:

  • hosting events and programs for students
  • assisting you in transitioning your liberal arts degree into a career
  • serving as a transitional advising area if you're between advisers or have unique academic circumstances


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Department News

Please click on this link for an article written by Eleanor McNees on the passing of Professor Gerald (Jerry) Chapman.

Please click on this link for an article written by written by Eric Gould on the passing of Professor Robert (Bob) Richardson, Jr.