English

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:

  • reading and writing skills (how to read patiently, and with empathy and insight; how to recognize patterns in texts; and how to express your observations effectively)
  • creative and literary thinking (metaphorical and other non-literal reasoning; connecting the dots both globally and historically; telling stories with data)
  • analytical and research skills (how to take texts and ideas apart for a greater understanding of the whole; how to find, compile, and synthesize important information)
  • cutting-edge presentation skills (how to read and understand images and digital texts; how to present your ideas in the most effective manner)

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 50 faculty members (excellent teachers, researchers, and writers) will provide you with an education that will last a lifetime.

February Events:

Thursday, February 1, 7:30 pm, Krannert Auditorium.  Visiting Writers Reading Series with Gabrielle Calvocoressi reading from her poetry.  Sycamore Review Q&A, 4:30 pm, location TBD.

Thursday, February 7, 4:00- 5:00 pm, STEW 302/306.  2019 Books and Coffee presentation.  Week 1 - Professor Maren Linett will speak on Stephen Kuusisto's Have Dog Will Travel: A Poet's Journey.

Thursday, February 14, 4:00-5:00 pm, STEW 302/306. 2019 Books and Coffee presentation.  Week 2 - Professor Sam Blackmon will speak on Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing.

Thursday, February 21, 4:00-5:00 pm, STEW 302/306.  2019 Books and Coffee presentation.  Week 3 - Professor Janet Alsup will speak on Tara Westover's Educated:  A Memoir.

Thursday, February 28, 4:00-5:00 pm, STEW 302/306.  2019 Books and Coffee presentation.  Week 4 - Professor Brian Leung will speak on Andrew Sean Greer's Less.

more Spring 2019 events...

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