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About the English Department

With more than 50 full-time faculty representing five fields, we are the largest academic department on campus. Our size and our diversity allows us to offer students a unique experience to learn about, get involved with, and explore career choices in their areas of interest. We are proud to foster a supportive learning and teaching community inclusive of both students and faculty.

Our undergraduate class sizes are some of the smallest on campus, and we offer students a dedicated advising team. We invite students to get involved through student organizations, internships, study-abroad experiences, and service-learning projects.

The key to our success is our faculty. Our full-time faculty are nationally-recognized scholars in their fields, and our team of adjunct faculty often come to us with years of professional experience. Our award-winning programs in first-year writing and creative writing train and mentor our graduate assistants to keep up on the best teaching practices in the field.


To be a department whose faculty and graduates engage nationally and locally through the many forms of scholarship, writing, pedagogy, and community.


We believe the study of language and literacy prepares humans to be careful and compassionate thinkers and creative problem-solvers in any endeavor.

Therefore, we value:

  • The power of language and literacy to promote mutual understanding.
  • A collegial culture that supports individual initiative.
  • Collaboration across and within disciplines.
  • Inquiry, creativity, and critical thinking as essential in a democracy.
  • Academic excellence in both faculty and students.


  • To investigate deep understandings of language and the ways it enriches lives;
  • To promote inclusive study of language, rhetoric, and narrative;
  • To teach in individualized ways that promote strong relationships among faculty and students;
  • To initiate projects that serve or partner with local communities;
  • To produce scholarship and creative work that enriches the ongoing exploration of the human condition;
  • To graduate students who can think critically and creatively, and read and write effectively.

(Approved December, 2016)