The English Department values critical and creative thinking, innovative research and writing, and ethical engagement in our communities. Students and faculty explore writing in inventive, transdisciplinary ways and foster an understanding of the ways in which literature and writing are created, studied, and understood in their historical, cultural, and political contexts. Our graduates are prepared for the evolving landscape of twenty-first century careers with skills in writing, reading, communication, research, synthesis, analysis, and reflection.
Why Study English?
The Department of English offers courses on the undergraduate and graduate levels that promote critical, creative, and reflective expression.
English students engage with diverse literary and cultural texts as well as practice critical reading and effective writing. The skills they develop in research, communication, cultural awareness, comprehension, and analysis prepare them for the creative, entrepreneurial economy of the 21st century. An English degree can generate a valuable return on investment and open up careers in media, public relations, teaching, and hundreds of other areas. You can read about some options here.
We invite you to explore this website to learn more about our English programs.
If you have questions about the graduate program in English,
contact Dr. John Alberti, Director of Graduate Studies,via e-mail.
If you have questions about the minor in Cinema Studies,
contact Dr. John Alberti, Director of the Cinema Studies Program, via e-mail.
Jennifer Whalen graduated May 2012 with a dual concentration in literature and writing. She lives in Austin and attends the Texas State University-San Marcos MFA program—a highly competitive program that has visiting writers such as Jorie Graham and Sherman Alexie. She also teaches freshman composition and acts as the public relations manager for the online literary journal, Front Porch.
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