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 four B.A. programs: English (literature), English Education, Creative Writing, 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.

Heavilon Hall

Home of the Department of English at Purdue University.  Where 60+ faculty members, administrative staff, over 100 graduate students, and the Writing Lab at Purdue reside.

Upcoming Events:

Every Thursday in February.  Books and Coffee 2017, Speakers will include Purdue President Mitch Daniels, English Professors Dorsey Armstrong and Nush Powell, and Professor and Head of Curriculum & Instruction Janet Alsup.  Books to be discussed include Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton, Matt Ruff’s Lovecraft Country, Laura Ruby’s Bone Gap, and Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona.

Wednesday, April 5, 8:00 pm, Location TBA.  Reading with the 2017 Literary Awards guest speaker, Margaret Atwood.  Free and open to the public.

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Recent News:

Professor Tara Johnson was invited by the IDOE to participate in cut-score setting for the Grade 10 ELA ISTEP+ assessment that will become the new end-of-course assessment/graduation exam for high school. She was one of twelve English teachers/educators who made the recommendation for the cutoffs between the “do not pass,” “pass,” and “pass plus” performance categories.

Professor Venetria Patton received a Woman of Distinction Award from the YWCA Greater Lafayette. Venetria was chosen for this award on the basis of her outstanding achievements, leadership, and community involvement while serving in a professional role, and was honored as a mentor, scholar, and writer specializing in issues of race and gender. 

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