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.

April Events:

Thursday, April 4, 7:30 pm, PHYS 112.  Visiting Writers Reading Series with Tommy Orange reading from his fiction.  Sycamore Review Q&A, 4:30 pm, WTHR 320.

Tuesday, April 9, 9-11:30 and 1-3:30, PMU Ballroom. ICaP showcase with the Purdue Undergraduate Research Conference.

Monday, April 15, 10:00-2:00, HEAV ground floor (east side).  English Pedagogy Showcase - graduate students and lecturers show off their amazing work from the classroom. The Showcase will have two parts: 1) A round of 3-minute lightning talks in which instructors will get to share their teaching-related work and 2) A poster symposium that showcases instructor work, like assignment/course designs, teaching research, innovative pedagogical approaches, and exemplary course materials.



2019 Literary Awards Events:

Thursday, April 11, 5:30 pm, North Ballroom, Purdue Memorial Union.  Literary Awards Banquet with guest speaker Colson Whitehead.  The Banquet includes dinner, the Literary Awards ceremony and remarks from Mr. Whitehead about the creative process. 

Thursday, April 11, 8:00 pm, Fowler Hall, Stewart Center.  Reading and book signing by Literary Award's speaker Colson Whitehead.  Free and open to the public.

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