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English Department

What can you do with an English degree? Write a celebrated novel, manage a political campaign, or fund-raise for an Ivy League university. Become a television journalist, an investment broker, or an award-winning professor of law. How do we know this? Because these are just a few career fields our graduates have excelled in.

The English department at PC has something for anyone interested in the discipline — lovers of great books, writers and poets, and future teachers and college professors. Led by faculty who are teachers, scholars, and writers, our courses cover the full range of English literature: authors, genres, and historical periods.

We offer three bachelor's degree programs — English, Creative Writing, and Secondary Education. Each one is rigorous. Each one is engaging. Each one promises to sharpen your writing, analysis, and research skills — important tools for any form of employment or graduate study.

English Abroad

'Union Jackie'
Jackie Kelley '17 is spending the Spring semester studying abroad at King's College in London. During her time in England, she will be sharing her experiences on her "UnionJackieBlog." Be sure to follow her!


'Walking with Wordsworth'


News & Events 

Kimberly Johnson, Poet & Renaissance Scholar, will read from her poetry on Thursday, March 31, 7:00 pm in Aquinas Lounge.  Kimberly is a poet, translator, and literary critic. Her collections of poetry include Leviathan with a Hook, A Metaphorical God, and Uncommon Prayer. The event is part of the English Department's Poetry & Fiction Series.

Joan Wikersham, Fiction Writer, will read from her work on Thursday, April 7, at 7:00 pm in the Ruane Center for the Humanities Great Room.  The News from Spain: Seven Variations on a Love Story is her latest book of fiction, and her memoir The Suicide Index: Putting My Father’s Death in Order (Harcourt 2008) was a National Book Award Finalist. She is also the author of a novel, The Paper Anniversary. The event is part of the English Department's Poetry & Fiction Series.Eric Bennett novel Workshops of Empire

Eric Bennett's novel Workshops of Empire: Stegner, Engle, and American Creative Writing During the Cold War was published by University of Iowa Press (2015).  Eric is the author of A Big Enough Lie, and his writing has appeared in A Public Space, New Writing, Modern Fiction Studies, Blackwell-Wiley’s Companion to Creative Writing, The Chronicle of Higher Education, VQR, MFA vs. NYC, and Africana

Chard deNiord
named Vermont Poet Laureate. Chard succeeded Sydney Lea as Vermont Poet Laureate on November 2, 2015. Poet Laureate is a four-year appointment made by the Governor based on the recommendation of a distinguished panel.  Read more.

Dzvinia Orlowsky receives NEA Literature Translation Fellowship. The Fellowship will support the translation into English of a collection of poems by Mieczyslaw Jastrun, considered to be one of the most important Polish poets of the years between the two world wars.  Read more.

Professor Chard deNiord's interview with Natasha Trethewey appeared in World Literature Today on May 27, 2015.  Natasha Threthewey is an American poet who was appointed United States Poet Laureate in June 2012.  Read the full interview here. 

E. C. Osondu's
novel, This House Is Not For Sale, was published by HarperCollins in 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.


The Providence College Center for Career Education & Professional Development partners with all students to help them identify, enhance and accomplish their career development, internship, job search and educational goals in their transition from college to career.

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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.

Dr. Bruce E. Graver
Ruane LL33          

Assistant Chair
Dr. Margaret Reid
Ruane LL32

Administrative Assistant
Janet Masso
401-865-1192 [Fax]

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