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The Department of English at Marquette University is 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 defined as the study of grammar, rhetoric, poetry, and history.

Informed by this tradition as well as by contemporary English Studies, the department includes nationally and internationally prominent faculty and offers the following programs of study: three undergraduate majors (English Literature, Writing-Intensive English, and English Language Arts), three undergraduate minors (English Literature, Writing-Intensive English, and Literatures of Diverse Cultures), an M.A. degree in American and British literature, and a Ph.D. degree in American and British literature.

While pursuing these degrees, undergraduate and graduate students:

[Note: For a discussion of Jesuit concepts of “humane letters,” see The Constitutions of the Society of Jesus, Chapter 12: "The Subjects Which Should Be Taught in the Universities of the Society."]


English Department

Marquette University, Marquette Hall 115 (campus map)
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
(414) 288-7179
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