Undergraduate Programs

Professor lecturing to students

The University of Iowa English Department promotes serious and disciplined study of 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 and modes from drama, fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction to video, graphic novels, and film to radio essays, new media, material culture,performance art and the publishing field. 

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.


English and Creative Writing



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students listen attentively      Linda Bolton, professor, teaches a class