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.


"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.

"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

Spring 2018 Events:

March 19-23, Patti and Rusty Rueff Gallery, Pao Hall.  From the Dissection Lab:  A & D Faculty and Students Respond to Poet Marianne Boruch's Cadaver, Speak.  (Reception on March 20th, 4:30-6:30 pm)

Thursday, March 22, 7:30 pm, Fowler Hall, Stewart Center.  "Cadaver Speak:  Poetry and Performance from the Dissection Lab"

Thursday, March 29, 7:30 pm, Krannert Auditorium, Room 140. The 2017-2018 Purdue University Literary Reading series presents poets Vievee Francis and Matthew Olzmann.  Sycamore Review will host a joint Q&A at 4:30pm in WALC 1132. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, April 6, 6:30 pm, Second Flight Books, Lafayette.  Brian Leung celebrates the launch of his new book Ivy vs. Dogg:  With a Cast of Thousands!

Tuesday, April 10, 4:30 pm, Elm Room, West Lafayette Public Library.  Station Eleven Survial Guide:  A Community Read.  (Sponsored by the Department of English and the West Lafayette Public Library).

Tuesday, April 10, 10-3, Stewart Center 302-313.  Purdue Writing Showcase:  A Print and Digital Media Symposium.  For more information visit the website here.

Thursday, April 19, 5:30 pm, North Ballroom, Purdue Memorial Union.  2018 Literary Awards Banquet with distinguished guest speaker Emily St. John Mandel.  The Banquet includes dinner, the Literary Awards ceremony and remarks from Ms. Mandel about the creative process. Tickets can be purchased March 28 - April 15 on the Literary Awards website.

Thursday, April 19, 8:00 pm, Fowler Hall, STEW.   Emily St. John Mandel reading and book signing. Free and open to the public.

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