Welcome to the English Department!
With over 500 undergraduates, 80 graduate students, and more than 70 full-time and adjunct faculty, we are a large and dynamic community dedicated to building knowledge in the field of English Studies. Whether your passion lies in Literature, Rhetoric & Writing, Creative Writing, English Education, or other specialties in the discipline, we'll help you hone the key skills—persuasive writing, deep reading, critical thinking, and clear speaking—that are essential to professional success and informed citizenship in today's world.
Our curriculum prepares you for life in other ways, too. Studying English will not only stimulate your imagination but also enrich your understanding of how words and texts, in all their complex forms, play a central role in revealing and constructing the world we live in. Moreover, as an English student, you'll learn to cultivate personal resources—among them empathy, self-reflection, and ethical awareness—that can help you lead a meaningful, examined life.
Our undergraduate students pursue either a B.A. in English or a B.S.Ed. in English Education and choose between a Writings Track and a Literatures Track. We also offer eight Minors, open to English majors and non-majors alike. Our M.A. graduate program features tracks in Literature; Creative Writing; and Writing, Teaching, & Criticism. At all levels of study, we maintain small class sizes that foster interactive discussions and personalized student learning. Our B.A. majors are encouraged to pursue internships, and study abroad, while our M.A. students may apply for funding through graduate assistantships. All students consult with an academic advisor to plan out their program of study, and many work with individual faculty on research and creative projects. To learn more about our curriculum and programs, please view our department Mission Statement and our Undergraduate Learning Outcomes.
The English Department sponsors a vibrant cultural life that includes a renowned Poetry Center, readings by notable authors, two student literary journals (Daedalus and Literati), an English Club, an English Alumni organization, numerous student awards and scholarships, and local chapters of the Sigma Tau Delta English honors society and the National Council of Teachers in English (NCTE). Our students and faculty are also actively involved in the university’s ongoing sustainability efforts. All of these opportunities enable students to expand their learning experience beyond the classroom and collaborate with others who share their passions.
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English Faculty Reading Picks
This annual list offers book and media suggestions from individual faculty and staff of the WCU English Department. There’s something here for every reader!View Our Current Picks