Welcome to the Department of English, a community of scholars and writers united by our appreciation for the power of language, and by our commitment to exploring the role of literature in culture.

We represent a wide range of research interests—literary theory, literary and cultural criticism, rhetoric and poetics—and offer a comparably wide variety of courses: on British, U.S., and post-colonial literatures; on cultural studies, cinema and electronic media; and on writing of all kinds, from the analytical to the creative.

Graduates from our programs regularly enter careers in teaching, publishing, and advertising. They also pursue advanced degrees in such fields as law and business, where critical thinking, careful reading and skilled writing are very much in demand.

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Department News

  • "I encourage you, Class of 2016, to be brave, be curious, and be enthused. And may that passion boomerang right back to you. It’s been a privilege. Congratulations, and good luck."

    Some thoughts from our 2016 graduates.

  • Pictures from this year's Undergraduate Research Conference:

    picture credit: Naomi McPeters

  • Honors & Awards, 2016

    The Vivian C. Hopkins Scholarship Award
    Established in memory of Professor Vivian C. Hopkins. Awarded for outstanding scholastic ability and character inthe Department of English. Awarded to: Stacie Klinowski

    Arlene F. Steinberg 1971 Memorial Scholarhsip
    Established by Mrs. Sue Steinberg in memory of her daugheter, Arlene F. Steinberg, Class of 1971. Awarded to the outstanding junior or senior English major in the field of twentieth-century fiction, poetry, or theatre. Awarded to: Haylee Shepard

    Eleanor Bazzoni 1906 Fellowship
    Established by Charles Bazzoni in honor of his sister, Eleanor Rosalie Bazzoni, Class of 1906. Awarded anually for outstanding achievement in English to a student in the English Department. Awarded to: Kaitlyn Bellittini

    Leah Lovenheim Award
    Awarded for the best short story written by an undergraduate student. Awarded to: Tiffanie Hinds for "Shadow Man"

    Shields Mcllwaine Prize
    Established in memory of Professor Shields Mcllwaine. Awarded for the best poem written by an undergraduate student. Awarded to: Kristina Kingsley for "Our Ocean"

    Honorable Mentions
    Margaret Norway for "Diamond Street After the Raid"
    Stephy Zhao for "kiss"


Lauren Burke BA/MA Program
Class of 2016
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