Department of English Language and Literature

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The English Department offers undergraduate and graduate programs and courses in literature, creative writing, and linguistics, and houses the Composition Program. The department awards a number of scholarships to our students, including the Shapiro Senior Scholarship.  English majors are also eligible for humanities scholarships.

Annually the English Department holds the Shapiro Writing Contest. Students taking writing classes at any level are encouraged to compete.

English department faculty are widely published in literary criticism, rhetoric and composition studies, linguistics, fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.

The Aureole Press is housed in  the department’s typography lab.

Our undergraduate and graduate students have gone on to graduate programs in English Literature, Linguistics, Creative Writing, Education, English as a Second Language, Library Science, Law, and many other fields, and to careers in teaching, journalism, publishing, bookselling, university administration, librarianship, marketing, and innumerable other areas in which reading and writing are essential. Recent graduates of our MA and BA programs have built on the coursework and mentoring they have received from the department to be successful within and outside academia.

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Last Updated: 8/11/21