Professor Amity Reading: The Liberal Arts Prepare Students for Success
English professor Amity Reading tells an alum’s story of how a liberal arts education at DePauw paid off.Read More
English Alum Chinonye Chukwu '07 Wins Sundance Grand Jury Prize
Sundance: ‘Clemency’ Filmmaker Chinonye Chukwu Is First Black Woman to Win Biggest PrizeRead More
Senior Tilly Marlatt Wins National Journalism Award
DePauw University senior Tilly Marlatt is a national winner of a 2018 Mark of Excellence Award. Presented by the Society of Professional Journalists, the awards recognize collegiate work published or broadcast.Read More
Pence Professor Debby Geis publishes "Read My Plate: The Literature of Food"
"Read My Plate" explores what narrators and characters (in fiction, in performance, and in the popular genre of the “food memoir”) cook and eat.Read More
Professor Joe Heithaus authors essay for Christmas Day edition of New York Times
"We Are All Riders on the Same Planet" is a collaboration with Matthew Myer Boulton. The piece can be found in the Opinion section.Read More
Professor Eugene Gloria publishes "Sightseer in This Killing City"
"Gloria’s latest collection sharpens his obsession with arrivals and departures, gun violence, displacement, cultural legacy, and the bitter divisions in America."Read More
"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
Mary Stoecklein '10 publishes Native American Mystery Writing
"Mary Stoecklein's Native American Mystery Writing is a welcome study of a fast-growing and fascinating genre within the genres of Native American story-telling and crime fiction."--Tom HolmRead More
Professor Nicole Lobdell publishes The Invisible Man
"Editors Nicole Lobdell and Nancee Reeves meticulously reconstruct The Invisible Man from early printed sources, providing... a fascinating glimpse into Wells’s creative process."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.