More than 60 faculty members work with 200 graduate students in English: we offer M.A. programs in Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, English Language and Linguistics, and Second Language Studies/ESL; we have an M.F.A. program in Creative Writing; and we offer the Ph.D. in five areas: Literature, English Language and Linguistics, Rhetoric and Composition, Second Language Studies/ESL, and Theory and Cultural Studies. Our undergraduate majors have the option of selecting from four B.A. programs: English (focused on literature), English Education, Creative Writing, and Professional Writing. The top-tier scholarly journal Mfs: Modern Fiction Studies was founded in 1955 at Purdue, and our MFA graduate students publish Sycamore Review, a well-regarded literary magazine.
The Department makes significant contributions to the education of thousands of students from across the university by teaching courses in first-year composition, professional writing, creative writing, and literature, including courses listed in the Core Curriculum for Purdue and for the College of Liberal Arts. We are recognized nationally and internationally for our well-known Writing Lab and Online Writing Lab.