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Undergraduate Programs

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The University of Iowa English Department promotes serious and disciplined study of writing and literature as an art form, as an expression of cultural preoccupations, and as a means of participating in civil society. In departments like ours, that value cultural, global, and aesthetic diversity, literature encompasses an ever growing array of texts in English and includes a wide range of genres (drama, fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction) and modes (video, graphic novels, film, radio essays, new media, material culture, performance art, publishing, and more).

Our curriculum includes long-celebrated masterpieces by familiar American and British writers as well as provocative reclaimed works from the past and new works that are shaping the future. Our classes also explore the power of language in work that speaks from and about diverse U.S. ethnicities and Anglophone communities.

We offer majors in English and English and Creative Writing, a popular minor in the program, and a Publishing Track.

A video that is available to admitted and current students and explains the department can be found here.   

2020-2021 note: To have a zoom visit with academic advisor in English, current students and possibly current faculty please email to schedule that. We run those sessions on 1:30 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays and by special appointment.  These appointments give you information about opportunities at UI campus for writers in this major and others and general information about how liberal arts relates to career development.