"A surprising number of doctors were undergrad English majors—and it's not just about GPA" reads a recent Business Insider headline
STEM students: wondering why you should take English courses?Read More
Professor Amity Reading publishes Reading the Anglo-Saxon Self Through the Vercelli Book
The book explores the idea of a medieval version of 'selfhood' that was based on material religious practice rather than mental experience.Read More
Wayne Glausser's new book published by Oxford University Press
"Something Old, Something New" explores the contentious and intimate relationship between religious and secular interests.Read More
Prof. Joe Heithaus, On Sabbatical in Costa Rica, Has Essay in New York Times
The piece can be found in the October 15 edition of the New York Times. Heithaus and his family are spending his sabbatical in Monteverde, Costa Rica.Read More
Read an article about film, culture, and identity in The Atlantic by DePauw alum Rajpreet Heir ('12)
" ['Bend It Like Beckham'] taught me that shaping a hybrid identity could be a beautiful, inventive, and at times lonely experience."Read More
Emmy and Golden Globe Winner Alfre Woodard to star in Chinonye Chukwu's film “Clemency”
"Clemency," written by the '07 English alum, was also an Athena List winner at the Athena Film Festival.Read More
Alum Michael Sears (’11) has been awarded a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford
The prestigious fellowship was created by Wallace Stegner in 1946. Stegner Fellows include Tobias Wolff, NoViolet Bulawayo, and Raymond Carver.Read More
Andrea Sununu recognized with Friend of the Parents Council Award
The award is for "faculty and staff who exemplify a helpful nature and concern for students and/or have contributed to student learning and development."Read More
Professor White Publishes Debut Novel
"The Life List of Adrian Mandrick" was chosen as one of the "Best Books of April 2018" by Chicago Review of Books, among other honors.Read More
English is a discipline that works to understand the world through language and with language. English majors read; they interpret. As they read a text, they peel back the layers of time and language to uncover meaning. They critique and discuss, debate and analyze these meanings. They communicate and decode communication. They create and re-create; they attempt to understand the act of creation. They research and present and struggle and learn.
In our classrooms, this learning process becomes real. Students come together with scholars and working writers in small, congenial classes where together they read closely, construct arguments, and hone their critical and creative skills. Our literature majors develop a keen understanding of literature’s ability to move, to enlighten, to liberate, to provide insight into the human condition. Our creative writing majors aim to take literature into the future, developing their own voices with an eye toward composing prose, poetry, and dramatic texts that could come from no one but themselves. Beyond the classroom, our faculty and students collaborate on scholarship and creative work, engaging both the campus and the wider community.
In the end, we seek to provide students with something to say and how to say it, and with the motivation and means to be engaged members of society, regardless of the path they choose. After DePauw, these paths are virtually limitless. We claim alumni in the arts, business, education, law, media, and many other fields. We teach students how to think, speak, read, and write about meaningful issues, and how to communicate with precision and grace. We produce agile minds: the foundation of a liberal arts education in the twenty-first century.