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:

  • 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.

News:

"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.

"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.

Upcoming Events:

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.

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 (location TBA).  This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, November 29, 7:30 pm, Krannert Auditorium.  Purdue University's Visiting Writers Reading Series presents Natalie Diaz.  A Q&A is also scheduled at 4:30 pm (location TBA).  This event is free and open to the public.

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