Abrams Wins whiting

English Department lecturer, Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams’ novella, The Man Who Danced with Dolls, won one of this year's  Whiting Writers’ Awards of $50,000. The novella is the portrait of a family’s legacy — the language of their memories, the secrets of their buried past, and the subway busker whose wordless dancing punctuates their lives. See details here.

Junior wins award

Jamie Watson's Honors College newsletter tied for first in a national competition. Here are all the details.

Buckner Speakers

Joyce Carol Oates and John Updike are just two of the many speakers the English Department has helped bring to the campus. If you want to talk to the best minds in literature, the English Department is a great starting place. Check out who else we've brought to campus..




wentworth travel

Want to see England the way Jane Austin saw it? You can -- if you are awarded one of the dozen or so fellowships that Mr. Charles F.Green III provides. details are here.



Your first step to getting a Wentworth is to figure out what author or literary figure you'd like to follow. And then fill out the form on this page.

Deadline: Oct. 21

go global

Paris, London, Rome, Madrid, and other world cities are only an application here. See International Programs for details.

The English Department also offers a 3-credit study abroad course that goes to Buenos Aires, Argentina, for 2 weeks. See our blog for more details.

English in Action Showcase

Want to get a sampling of what other students have accomplished in their classes? Take a look.

Rebecca Warfield's ENG 101 class explores Whiskey Creek. One of the chapters in the textbook is

English in Action

Kayaking the Whiskey

(Above) Rebecca Warfield's ENG 101 class explores Whiskey Creek. One of the chapters in the textbook is "Playing in Nature." So the class went kayaking to better answer the question the book poses: Why do humans use nature for recreation?

Showcase: Dec. 3

The English In Action (EIA) Showcase is held at the end of both the fall and spring semesters and provides a forum for students to display the work they have done throughout the semester in their English courses -- from composition and professional writing to literary theory.


Preparing Students for the World

In addition to the mainstays of poetry, literature and rhetoric, English is a major that provides many opportunities beyond teaching. The department offers learning tracks that encompass the latest in Web work, the cutting edge in telling stories visually and by sound.

For instance, students who took part in our May study abroad trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina, turned a piece of classic literature into a graphic novel, taking the photos and distilling the storyline themselves.

Studying English is no longer sitting hours at a desk; it is entering into the 21st Century by preparing students how to navigate and excel in a global environment where communication is the gold standard of success.

Service Learning

The English Department leads the way in providing our students with real-world experience and the practical knowledge that comes from that effort. Whether it's interning at a newspaper, preparing suites of business literature or writing press releases for nonprofit agencies-- among the dozens of opportunities we offer -- students are better prepared for life after graduation through these service learning experiences.

Clubs and Societies

Talking James Joyce over coffee or arguing WikiLeaks over hot dogs, student organizations in the English Department tackle the esoteric ("What's with Joyce and that oversized period anyway?") and the down-to-Earth (literature is an exercise in life). Check out our Sigma Tau Delta chapter and join the activities.

Dr. Paula Kamenish is one of the leaders of the study abroad trip to Argentina and explains how the 2-credit course applies. Photo by Rory LavertyTravel

The restless student need look no further than the English Department for opportunities. The Wentworth Travel Fellowships sponsor about a dozen students each year to travel to countries as far flung as china and India or areas as nearby as Concord Mass., in order to follow in the footsteps of their favorite authors. Also, many English Department students have gone to Wales to take advantage of Swansea University's study abroad program.

A long-standing addition to our offerings is a 3-credit May trip to Buenos Aires where students study the art, literature and music of one of the most beautiful capital cities of the world. You can take a look at what past students have experienced by going to the ENG 294 WordPress blog.


In additional to the Wentworth travel awards, the Department also offers a variety of honors and awards that range from being named an outstanding graduate to an award that pays tuition and another that pays for books. All the details are here.

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