English

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:

  • reading and writing skills (how to read patiently, and with empathy and insight; how to recognize patterns in texts; and how to express your observations effectively)
  • creative and literary thinking (metaphorical and other non-literal reasoning; connecting the dots both globally and historically; telling stories with data)
  • analytical and research skills (how to take texts and ideas apart for a greater understanding of the whole; how to find, compile, and synthesize important information)
  • cutting-edge presentation skills (how to read and understand images and digital texts; how to present your ideas in the most effective manner)

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 50 faculty members (excellent teachers, researchers, and writers) will provide you with an education that will last a lifetime.

 September Events

Thursday, September 5, 6:00 pm, West Lafayette Public Library (Elm and Walnut rooms). BIG READ Kick off Event: "5 Things to Know about Homer." Learn from Purdue Classics professor Keith Dickson how these ancient stories were written and retold through the ages. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, September 18, 12:00 pm, Wyandotte Branch of the Tippecanoe County Public Library. BIG READ bite-sized book discussions: Books 1-5. Free and open to the public. Bring your own lunch.

Tuesday, September 24, 6:00 pm, Downtown Branch of the Tippecanoe County Public Library. BIG READ "The Odyssey: Translations and Gender Bias." Erin Moodie, Purdue Assistant Professor of Classics, delves into the  role of bias in translations and why Wilson’s translation of The Odyssey is significant. Free and open to the public.

 Saturday, September 28, 2:00 pm, Downtown Branch of the Tippecanoe County Public Library. BIG READ "Ancient Greek Art" with David Parrish, Purdue Professor of Art History. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, September 29, 1-3 pm, Downtown Branch of the Tippecanoe County Public Library. BIG READ "Odyssey Craft Drop-In. Make a bookmark in the style of black-figure Greek pottery! Free and open to the public.

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