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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.

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​News & Events 

 

Special Topics and Seminar Courses - Fall 2015

International Maymester 2015: Wordsworth in the Lake District
After a week of intense study in Providence, students traveled to Grasmere, Wordsworth’s home in the picturesque English Lake District, and worked at the Jerwood Centre and the Wordsworth Museum, where most of the poet’s books and manuscripts are stored. This three credit course offered the students a unique opportunity to study a writer’s works in the place where he lived, and visit the exact places he described.  Students were trained in the handling of manuscripts, original drawings and paintings, and other archival objects.

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.

Dr. Eric Bennett's
first novel, A Big Enough Lie, will be published by Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly in June 2015.

 

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 engdept@providence.edu or contact the following people.

Chair
Dr. Bruce E. Graver
Ruane LL33          
401-865-2053
beg@providence.edu 

Assistant Chair
Dr. Margaret Reid
Ruane LL32
401-865-2689
mreid@providence.edu

Administrative Assistant
Janet Masso
401-865-2292
401-865-1192 [Fax]
 

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