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Department of English

Department of English

Welcome to the Department of English

The scholarship and other creative work and teaching of English faculty cover a broad range that includes literature, language, creative writing, literacy and rhetorical studies, linguistics and cultural inquiry, as well as the theories and documents that inform and critique these disciplines. Based on the study and practice of writing and speech, the explorations of histories and cultures, and the examination of languages, literatures, and aesthetics, our scope is international and our approach is interdisciplinary.

What can you do with a degree in English? Let our students and alums show you. Discover the world with English at Minnesota.

News & Announcements

  • Students Win Top Awards

    Undergrad Recognition ReceptionYesterday, our Undergraduate Recognition Reception, hosted by Undergraduate Studies Director Dan Philippon, celebrated graduating seniors, honors students, and award winners with praise, cake, and Reddit jokes. Among the honored was senior English major Edward Chappell, who has received a Beinecke Scholarship, one of 20 awarded nationally from 125 undergraduates nominated; he receives $34,000 toward future graduate education. Chappell completed an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program project with Professor David Haley entitled "'Till thou applaud the deed': Milton as a Reader of Macbeth." Meanwhile, major Julie Sinn won one of ten CLA 2015-16 Talle Family Scholarships, which provide full-time tuition scholarship support. And major Laura Schmidt won one of 19 2015-16 Selmer Birkelo Scholarships offered through CLA. . . . In other news, three of our PhD graduate students will be supported in 2015-16 by the Graduate School's competitive Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships: Jessica Apolloni, Hyeryung Hwang, and Katie Sisneros. Congratulations to all!

  • English Majors Win Leadership Award

    Marina Kuperman with President Eric KalerThe University of Minnesota's top student leadership award for undergraduates, the Donald R. Zander Award for Outstanding Student Leadership, is given to two students each year. The 2015 recipients are both English majors: Marina Kuperman and Ian Taylor, Jr. Kuperman (left, with President Eric Kaler) is a peer counselor in our advising office, a UROP participant, and a Community Engagement Scholar; she is enrolled in the College of Education's DirecTrack to Teaching Program. Taylor is the founder of student group Black Men's Forum (winner of the SUA 2014 Rookie Student Group of the Year), a long-time Assistant Admissions Counselor at the U's Admissions Office, and a Harvard Public Policy and Leadership Conference Fellow; he plans to attend law school. Taylor and Kuperman receive $1000 scholarships from the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. Congratulations!

  • 5 X Friday: BA Alumna Diane Richard

    Diane RichardDiane Richard (BA 1985), Director of Human Resources for medical device design and manufacturer Minnetronix since 2008, did not expect to land in HR. Indeed, her career path looks like more of a zigzag. After college, she copyedited for Honeywell, quit to work at an art gallery, then decamped to Paris to write for an artist. After a move to Washington D.C., Richard got a job as an exhibition assistant for the National Gallery of Art in part because she spoke fluent French. The head of design there ignored her lack of finance experience and hired her as a budget analyst; he also liked her French, she recalls. From there, she turned to office administration while earning an MBA at St. Thomas; degree in hand, Richard became Director of Human Resources at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Undergirding all the serendipitous turnings, she argues, was the training she received in English. What's her advice for graduating majors? Read on.


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