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.


"Meet Gabriela Garcia, a writer on the verge out of Purdue," by Dave Bangert, Journal & Courier, September 1, 2018.  Read the story here.

"Roxane Gay on the process and pressure of putting together her new anthology, Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture," by Sheija Rankin, Entertainment Weekly, April 30, 2018.  Read the story here.

"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.

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

September 2018 Events:

Thursday, September 13, 7:30 pm, Second Flight Books (2200 Elmwood Avenue, Suite D7, Lafayette).  Joint reading by Professor Don Platt and Paige Lewis.  Come hear Don read from his latest book of poems, and get in on the early buzz about Paige’s debut volume which comes out next year.  (Sponsored by the Department of English and the Creative Writing Program)

Thursday, September 27, 4:30 pm, Krannert Auditorium (Room 140).  2018 Leonora Woodman Lecture Series with guest speaker Anna Brickhouse, Professor and Director of American Studies at the University of Virginia.  Free and open to the public.

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