Since 1861, the Department of English has promoted a rich tradition of reading, writing, and critical thinking. Graduates of our BA, MA, MFA, and PhD programs have gone on to make meaningful contributions in the fields of education, the arts, business, the nonprofit sector, and government—shaping the world in which they live with the understanding, compassion, and communication skills they gained as English majors. Our gifted and dedicated faculty possess a diverse range of interests and specializations, and the Department of English has developed a curriculum that facilitates a comprehensive exploration of people, places and topics from all eras and cultures, and has links to numerous other disciplines. Given such an engaging pool of study options, students in our department are inspired to become lifelong learners who continue to gain—and share—knowledge long after their college studies have ended.
The programs for undergraduate English and Creative Writing as well as the graduate programs in English Literature and Creative Nonfiction are all located in the English-Philosophy Building on the banks of the Iowa River.