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.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 19, 4:30 pm, STEW 313.  Big 10 Emerging Scholar in English lecture featuring Dipo Oyeleye speaking on "Postcolonial Futures: Rethinking Afropolitanism as a Theory of Reading Global Africa."

Thursday, February 20, 4:00 pm, STEW 302/306.  2020 Books & Coffee - Week 3 with Professor Marlo David speaking on Toni Morrison's Sula.  Sponsored by the Department of English and the Purdue Student Union Board.

Thursday, February 27, 4:00 pm, STEW 302/306.  2020 Books & Coffee - Week 4 with Professor Brian Leung speaking on Rebecca Makkai's The Great Believers.  Sponsored by the Department of English and the Purdue Student Union Board.

Tuesday, March 3, 4:30 pm, BRWN 1154. Visiting Writers Series, Q&A with author Rebecca Makkai.  Sponsored by the Purdue Creative Writing Program, in conjunction with the Medical Humanities Symposium.

Tuesday, March 3, 7:30 pm, Fowler Hall. Visiting Writers Series, Reading with author Rebecca Makkai.  Sponsored by the Purdue Creative Writing Program, in conjunction with the Medical Humanities Symposium.

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