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.

Student News:

Please welcome the fantastic students joining our MA, MFA, and PhD programs in Fall 2017

Literature: Julianna Allen, Ane Costa, Vanessa Iacocca, Tzu-Yu Liu, Alejandra Ortega, Allyn Pearson, Brandon West.

Rhetoric & Composition:  Rachel Atherton, Joseph Forte, Elizabeth Geib, Mitchell Hobza, Caroline Jennings, Ryan Murphy, Martha Peredo, Victoria Ruiz, Isaac Wang.

Creative Writing: Steven Dawson, Javan DeHaven, Aaron Dell, Johnay Hall, Jennifer Loyd, Tamara Rutledge, Kelsey Schneiders

Second Language Studies: Kyle Lucas, Shyam Pandey, Qiuisi Zhang

English Language & Linguistics: Eugene Boyle

Theory & Cultural Studies: Shaun Ford

Recent News:

"Objects of Affection:  Faculty and staff share the stories behind their personal collections.  The Nature of Inspiration by Brian Leung".   Purdue Alumnus, Online June 28, 2017; Summer 2017 issue of Purdue Alumnus (pgs. 54–63).  Read the story here.

"New English program encourages readers to come together," from the Purdue Exponent, July 13, 2017.  Read the story here.

"New York Times best-seller author Roxane Gay releases new book Hunger," from Purdue Today, June 9, 2017. Read the story here.

"Murphy Award:  Dorsey Armstrong," from Purdue Today, April 20, 2017.  Read the story here.

"Award-winning author Margaret Atwood speaks at Purdue," from the Purdue Exponent, April 6, 2017.  Read the story here.

"Bangert:  What Margaret Atwood said at Purdue," from the Journal & Courier, April 6, 2017.  Read the story here.


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