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.


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

The Department invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Creative Writing-Poetry at the level of assistant professor.  To apply visit  https://apply.interfolio.com/44728.

September Events:

Thursday, September 14, 4:30 pm, Krannert Auditorium. 2017 Leonora Woodman Memorial Lecture with guest speaker Martin Puchner from Harvard University, “World Literature: From Clay Tablets to the Moon.

Thursday, September 14, 7:30 pm, Krannert Auditorium.  Literary Reading series with Sharon Solwitz reading from her book Once, in Lourdes.  (Sponsored by the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program at Purdue).  Free and opened to the public.

Wednesday, September 27, 9:00 am, Fowler Hall, Stewart Center.  “Designing Worlds in Science and Fiction”@ Dawn or Doom 2017.   (Part of the "Big Read" program sponsored by the English Department and West Lafayette Public Library)

Thursday, September 28, 7:30 pm, Krannert Auditorium.  Literary Reading series with Kaveh Akbar reading from his poetry.  (Sponsored by the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program at Purdue).  Free and opened to the public.

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