The Department of English has played a vital role at Purdue since its first days as a university. A Professor of English and Drawing was one of six founding members of the faculty when Purdue opened its doors in 1874, and from 1876-1883, a Professor of English served as President of the university. Today, the Department has developed undergraduate majors and graduate programs that represent the breadth of contemporary English Studies.
More than 60 faculty members work with 200 graduate students in M.A. programs in Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, English Language and Linguistics, and Second Language Studies/ESL; an M.F.A. program in Creative Writing; and five Ph.D. areas: Literature, English Language and Linguistics, Rhetoric and Composition, Second Language Studies/ESL, and Theory and Cultural Studies. Around 500 undergraduate majors are currently enrolled in B.A. programs in English, English Education, Creative Writing, and Professional Writing. Faculty members from the Department are also involved in most of the interdisciplinary programs in the College of Liberal Arts. In addition, the Department makes significant contributions to the education of thousands of students from across the university by teaching courses in first-year composition, professional writing, creative writing, and literature, including 25 courses listed in the College of Liberal Arts Core Curriculum.
The Department of English is a place of lively discussion and intellectual engagement. Learn about recent research projects and publications by faculty members by reading our department newsletter. The Department is also renowned for excellent teaching, and many faculty members have received major teaching awards. You can learn more about the Department of English at Purdue by exploring this website or by contacting the Department's Main Office at 765-494-3740.
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