In the Purdue English department, you will learn the kind of adaptive thinking, empathy, and creativity that the current job market demands and that global citizenship requires.

In other words, our classes cultivate skills that will never go out of fashion, including:

  • critical and ethical thinking
  • creative problem-solving
  • clear and effective writing
  • analytical reading and research methods
  • historical, cultural, and global awareness
When majoring in English, you may choose from our B.A. programs: English (literature), English Education, Creative Writing, English Language in a Global Context and Professional Writing. Our more than 60 faculty members (excellent teachers, researchers, and writers) will provide you with an education that will last a lifetime.


"Top Ten Best Schools for English Majors," by Rachel Aldrich, February 16, 2018.  Our department is ranked #3.  Read the story here.

"2/15/18 Books and Coffee Presentation - Week 3," featured in The Purdue Exponent, February 16, 2018.  Read the story here.

"A Road to Books, Coffee, and Cormac McCarthy," by Helen Coats, The Purdue Exponent, February 12, 2018.  Read the story here.

"68th annual Books and Coffee kicks off with next year's Big Read novel," by Alisa Reynya, The Purdue Exponent, February 2, 2018.  Read the story here.

"Books and Coffee series exploring science fiction and dystopian literature," by Olivia Crouse, Purdue University News, February 1, 2018.  Read the story here.

"Partnering with Dawn or Doom benefits campus units, expands conference offerings," by Dave Stephens, Information Technology at Purdue, October 20, 2017.  Read the story here.

Nick Schenkel, Director of the West Lafayette Public Library, has reviewed the English Department's "Big Read" book on WBAA radio, October 17, 2017.  Please see http://wbaa.org/post/book-review-station-eleven

Spring 2018 Events:

Thursday, February 8, 4:00 pm, STEW 302/306.  Books and Coffee 2018, Week 2, P. Ryan Schneider, Associate Professor of English, College of Liberal Arts, will be speaking on Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.

Thursday, February 15, 4:00 pm, STEW 302/306.  Books and Coffee 2018, Week 3, Patricia Boling, Professor of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts, will be speaking on Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven.

Thursday, February 22, 4:00 pm, STEW 302/306.  Books and Coffee 2018, Week 4, Gordon G. McNickle, Assistant Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology, College of Agriculture, will be speaking on Elizabeth Colbert’s The Sixth Extinction.

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