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Understand the world through and with language. As an English major, you will observe, analyze and interpret text while exploring the relationship between form, content and meaning.

Hone your critical and creative skills in small and engaged classrooms; work with world-renowned poets, playwrights and authors as part of the Kelly Writers Series; and see your work come to life in any of our three student-run publications.

Byron Mason

I was always confident in my ability to write, but professors like Greg Schwipps really helped me hone it and become more concise and intentional. -Byron Mason

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Graduate Programs

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Graduate schools students have attended:

  • Brown University

  • Cambridge University

  • Columbia University

  • Harvard University

  • Indiana University

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Northwestern University

  • Oxford University

  • Stanford University

  • Yale University

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  • David Alvarez, Ph.D., Cornell University.
  • Samuel Autman, MFA, Columbia University. Research interests: intersections of pop culture, place, identity; experimental & personal essay.
  • Harry Brown, Ph.D., Lehigh University. Research interests: Native American literature, environmental literature, and game studies.
  • Ron Dye, MFA, Indiana University. Research interests: interdisciplinary arts and the intersection of performing arts with technology and the marketplace; songwriting, playwriting, dramaturgy.
  • Deborah Geis, Ph.D., University of Michigan. Research interests: contemporary drama/performance, African American literature, culinary literature.
  • Eugene Gloria, MFA, University of Oregon. Research interests: poetry, short, short fiction, and contemporary Asian American literature.
  • Joseph Heithaus, Ph.D., Indiana University. Research interests: American literature, ecology, and poetry.
  • Lynn Ishikawa, Ed.M., Harvard University. Research interests: The role of identity and motivation in second-language writing.
  • Amity Reading, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Research interests: Old and Middle English languages and literature, interdisciplinary medieval studies, and disability studies.
  • Greg Schwipps, MFA, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Research interests: contemporary fiction and creative writing; fishing in literature.
  • Tamara Stasik, Ph.D., Indiana University. Research interests: The intersection of medieval studies and the digital humanities.
  • Andrea Sununu, Ph.D. , Brown University.
  • Karin Wimbley, Ph.D., University of Chicago. Research interests: African American literature and film; black cultural production, and the politics of representation.