Top economists make the case for why we still need English majors
Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller’s new book “Narrative Economics” stresses the importance of story-telling in a world driven by economics.Read More
English Major Wins Ferid Murad Medal
Literature and Philosophy double major Nina Štular '22 has won the prestigious award for 2022. The Murad is awarded to the graduating senior who has the most scholarly and artistic achievements in their time at DePauw.Read More
Michael X. Wang, September 7, 2022, 7:30 pm, Peeler Auditorium, Peeler Art Center
The Kelly Writers Series is excited to start the Fall 2022 Semester welcoming Michael X. Wang, winner of the GLCA's New Writers Award for Further News of Defeat.Read More
Jenny George, November 9, 2022, 7:30 pm, Peeler Auditorium, Peeler Art Center
The Kelly Writers Series wraps the Fall '22 semester with a reading from Jenny George, award winning poet and writer.Read More
English and External Grants and Awards
DePauw produces a high number of Fulbrights, Gilmans, and other competitive awards. English majors are regularly among the top performers. Click below for more information on awards and fellowships.Read More
Actors from the London Stage Return to DePauw
After a COVID hiatus, the troop will return to campus to perform Macbeth in October 2022.Read More
English Alum Chinonye Chukwu Directs Emmett Till Biopic
The award-winning filmmaker's 'Till' debuts in October 2022.Read More
English Major Prepares Students for Law School
English majors consistently earn higher LSAT scores than traditional pre-law majors and are admitted to law school at a higher rate.Read More
SIel Ju, DePauw class of 2000 alumna
Kelly Writers Series event: October 5, 2022, 7:30 pm, Peeler Auditorium, Peeler Art Center .Guest speaker Siel Ju, author of Cake Time and winner of the Red Hen Press Fiction Manuscript Award.Read More
Why Study English?
English is a discipline that works to understand the world through language and with language.
Students come together with scholars and writers in small 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 writing majors aim to take literature into the future, developing their own voices with an eye toward composing prose, poetry, and dramatic texts that come from their own imaginations. Beyond the classroom, our faculty and students collaborate on scholarship and creative work, engaging both the campus and the wider community.
As a department, we provide students with the written and verbal communication skills to be engaged members of society, regardless of the professional path they choose. After DePauw, these paths are virtually limitless. We claim alumni in the arts, business, education, law, media, and the sciences. 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.