The English at Iowa Experience
In all of our programs, you'll be taught and mentored by nationally respected professors, including award-winning writers who publish work in bestselling books and major magazines. You'll have opportunities to edit and publish in journals, volunteer, and attend readings and talks by some of the best writers and literary scholars today. Most importantly, you'll be respected for the unique perspective you bring to our community. We welcome all fellow travelers—from all backgrounds—on this lifelong journey of reading and writing.
History of the Department
Since 1861, the Department of English has promoted a rich tradition of reading, writing, and critical thinking. Over the past century, English faculty and alumni include distinguished creative writers, as well as prominent literary critics and scholars who have helped found movements such as New Criticism, feminist literary studies, postcolonial theory, African American literary and cultural studies, and poststructuralist theory.