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.

Spring 2018 Events:

Thursday, January 18, 7:30 pm, Krannert Auditorium. Terese Mailhot, Tecumseh Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of English, will have a reading and reception, a kind of book launch, for her forthcoming memoir, Heart Berries.

Wednesday, January 24, 7:00 pm, Honors Hall, Honors College.  Viewing of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," from visionary director Julie Taymor.  (Sponsored by the Department of English Big Read, the Honors College, and the Purdue Libraries)

Thursday, January 25, 6:00 pm, Hiler Theater, WALC 1055.  "Stone Soup" (a regional Shakespeare touring group) presents a sneak peak of Season 8 including a rehearsal and staged reading from Taming of the Shrew.  Open to all.  Audience interaction and feedback encouraged!  (Sponsored by the Department of English Big Read and Stone Soup Touring Group)

Thursday, February 1, 4:00 pm, STEW 302/306.  Books and Coffee 2018, Week 1, Jennifer Freeman Marshall, Assistant Professor of English & Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, College of Liberal Arts, will be speaking on Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad.

Thursday, February 8, 4:00 pm, STEW 302/306.  Books and Coffee 2018, Week 2, P. Ryan Schneider, Associate Professor of English, College of Liberal Arts, will be speaking on Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.

Thursday, February 15, 4:00 pm, STEW 302/306.  Books and Coffee 2018, Week 3, Patricia Boling, Professor of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts, will be speaking on Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven.

Thursday, February 22, 4:00 pm, STEW 302/306.  Books and Coffee 2018, Week 4, Gordon G. McNickle, Assistant Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology, College of Agriculture, will be speaking on Elizabeth Colbert’s The Sixth Extinction.

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