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.


"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.  Please see http://wbaa.org/post/book-review-station-eleven

Purdue ranked 5th best public university in U.S.  Read the story here.

The English department presents its 3-year degree tracks in Literature, Global English, Creative Writing, and Professional Writing.

November Events:

Thursday, November 2, 7:30 pm, Krannert Auditorium.  Literary Reading series with Deborah Reed reading from her fiction.  (Sponsored by the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program at Purdue).  Free and opened to the public. A Q&A with the author will come before the reading in Room 175 Mathematical Sciences Building at 4:30 pm.

Wednesday, November 15 - Thursday, December 7.  “Museum of Civilization” exhibit.  West Lafayette Public Library

Wednesday, November 15, 6:00 pm, “Museum of Civilization” reception, West Lafayette Public Library. Refreshments provided.  (Part of the "Big Read" program sponsored by the English Department and West Lafayette Public Library)

Thursday, November 16, 7:30 pm, Wells Center, Lafayette, Purdue’s Creative Writing Program’s annual Writers Harvest benefitThe event is open to the public and admission is a suggested donation of five non-perishable food items. All donations benefit the Food Finders Food Bank’s Drive Away Hunger Food Drive. This year’s event features readings from Christian Knoeller, Marriane Boruch, Diana Clarke, and Charles Nutter Peck.

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