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.


"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.

October 2018 Events:

Thursday, October 11, 7:30 pm, Knickerbocker, Downtown Lafayette.  MFA student reading.  Free and open to the public.  (Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program)

Thursday, October 18, 7:30 pm, Krannert Auditorium.  Purdue University's Visiting Writers Reading Series presents Whitney Terrell.  A Q&A is also scheduled at 4:30 pm, WALC B903.  This event is free and open to the public. 

Saturday, October 20, 6:00 pm, Barnes and Noble Bookstore, 2323 Sagamore Parkway South, Lafayette.  Underground Railroad book discussion.  Part of the English department's "Big Read". Free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 25, 4:30 pm, Weatherill 160.  LTC Forum Series, featuring graduate student Liz Boyle.  The LTC Forum Series is an informative and collaborative space for emerging scholars in the Literature, Theory, Cultural Studies program to share their research.  Light refreshments will be provided. (Co-sponsored by Comitatus and EARG)

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