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The English major offers a strong  liberal arts education and excellent ways to sharpen your skills in writing, analysis, and research--all critical tools in today's world.

After PC, many English majors pursue graduate and professional study at prestigious institutions, and others find employment in a variety of careers. 

Alumni have flourished in the fields of education, advertising, business, entertainment, journalism, law, medicine, politics, public relations, and publishing. Please explore our website and contact our faculty to learn more.



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The Department of English is located in the Ruane Center for the Humanities, LL37. Office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  For more information, email or contact the following people.

Chair:                                                     Assistant Chair:                                     Administrative Assistant: 

Dr. Bruce E. Graver                               Dr. Margaret Reid                                   Janet Masso  
Ruane LL33                                            Ruane LL32                                            401-865-2292
401-865-2053                                         401-865-2689                                         401-865-1192 Fax                                   

Network with current English majors and minors, alumni, and faculty and stay up-to-date on events sponsored by the Department of English through our Facebook page.

​News & Events 

National Endowment for the Humanities
Eric Bennett has been invited to participate this summer in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, "Reconsidering Flannery O'Connor," in Milledgeville, Georgia.  

Novel Accepted for Publication
E. C. Osondu's novel titled – This House Is Not For Sale –  will be published by HarperCollins in early Spring 2015. It will also be published by GRANTA in the U.K. and by Farafina in Nigeria. An Italian translation of the novel will be published in Italy by Neri Pozza.

deNiord Discusses Craft with U.S. Poet Laureate
Chard deNiord, professor of English, recently added another highlight to his already praiseworthy career when he interviewed Natasha Tretheway, the U.S. Poet Laureate, in front of hundreds at the Palm Beach Poetry Festival. Read more.

In Discussing Literary Hero, English Professor Receives ‘Greatest Honor’
At a formal event in New York, Dr. John Scanlan presented a talk to nearly 100 members of The Johnsonians — a society for leading scholars of Dr. Samuel Johnson, one of the eighteenth century’s greatest literary figures. The paper traced the somewhat surprising development of Johnson’s sense of humor over the course of his long literary career. Read more.

Dr. Eric Bennett's article "How Iowa Flattened Literature" will be the cover story for the February 14th issue of The Chronicle Review, the arts and opinion section of the Chronicle of Higher Education.  In addition, his book Workshops of Empire: Creative Writing and the Cold War is forthcoming from the University of Iowa Press. His short story, "What's Left of What's Left," was published in December 2013 in A Public Space 20.   

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