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, November 20, 1:30 pm, HEAV 220. Writing Lab Workshop - Genre Analysis: Thesis and Dissertation. In this workshop, the final component of the Genre Analysis series, presentation materials will safold from previous workshops to culminate discussion about genre analysis surrounding thesis and dissertation writing. Audience members are encouraged to bring computers/tablets and material(s) in progress to use during the workshop.

Wednesday, November 20, 4:00 pm, WALC 2124. Writing Lab Workshop - Writers' Room. Writers' Rooms are dedicated times and places for writers of all stripes to work on their academic writing projects (e.g., scholarly articles, dissertations, etc.). Writers should plan to spend most of the two-hour block in independent writing; however, Writing Lab tutors will be available for very brief, limited consultations if concerns arise during the writing time.

Wednesday, November 20, 6:00 pm, Second Flight Books. BIG READ bite-sized book discussions: Books 16-20 of Emily Wilson's translation of The Odyssey. Free and open to the public. 

Wednesday, December 4, 6:00 pm, Main Street Books. BIG READ bite-sized book discussions: Books 21-24 of Emily Wilson's translation of The Odyssey. Free and open to the public. 

Friday, December 6, 7:30 pm, Fowler Hall, Stewart Center.  BIG READ "Emily Wilson reading, Q&A, and book signing". Emily Wilson is the translator of the The Odyssey


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