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.


"Purdue's Roxane Gay, best-selling author, awarded Guggenheim Fellowship," by Dave Bangert, Journal & Courier, April 5, 2018.  Read the story here.

"Terese Mailhot makes best-seller list, second Purdue author to do it in past year," by Dave Bangert, Journal & Courier, March 23, 2018.  Read the story here.

"Station Eleven author to speak at Purdue Literary Awards," by Kelsey Schnieders Lefever, Purdue University News, March 19, 2018.  Read the story here.

"Purdue medical humanities event to feature award-winning poet Marianne Boruch reading, dance performances, visual art," Purdue University News, February 28, 2018.  Read the story here.

"Top Ten Best Schools for English Majors," by Rachel Aldrich, College Magazine, February 16, 2018.  Our department is ranked #3.  Read the story here.

More News:

"2/15/18 Books and Coffee Presentation - Week 3," featured in The Purdue Exponent, February 16, 2018.  Read the story here.

"A Road to Books, Coffee, and Cormac McCarthy," by Helen Coats, The Purdue Exponent, February 12, 2018.  Read the story here.

"68th annual Books and Coffee kicks off with next year's Big Read novel," by Alisa Reynya, The Purdue Exponent, February 2, 2018.  Read the story here.

"Books and Coffee series exploring science fiction and dystopian literature," by Olivia Crouse, Purdue University News, February 1, 2018.  Read the story here.

"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, October 17, 2017.  Please see http://wbaa.org/post/book-review-station-eleven.

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