In the Department of English at Marquette University, storytelling is our passion. We are a community of creative thinkers who love to read and learn from great stories and to tell the stories that need to be told. We know the enduring importance of critical thinking, creative problem solving, and powerful writing in an ever-changing global economy.
In our small, discussion-based classes, you will receive a personalized education from expert, award-winning teachers who will know you well. They will help you inspire your creativity and hone your writing, communication, and critical-thinking skills. Our rigorous training will push you to articulate the future you want and how you can best serve the world.
We are a community of scholar-teachers and students who embrace the traditional Jesuit conception of liberal education inspired by St. Ignatius of Loyola. Grounded in this tradition, the department focuses on the study of “humane letters,” which is accorded a central and indispensable place in Jesuit education and is defined as the study of grammar, rhetoric, poetry, and history.
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English Department faculty are actively engaged in research and publication as well as in teaching and service. Our faculty have expertise in British, American, and Anglophone literature and culture as well as in creative writing, professional writing, rhetoric and composition, and linguistics. They have won numerous awards for both research and teaching, including many University-wide honors. Committed to the scholar-teacher model, faculty regularly teach courses at all levels, from introductory surveys to graduate seminars.
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