Department of English

An Education in Imaginative Reasoning

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An Education in Imaginative Reasoning

Central to the core mission of the Department of English is imaginative reasoning: the ability to think hypothetically about the world in all its diversity—the past, present, and future; the local and the global—in order to engage critically with social and political phenomena, envision what is possible, and dream up audacious solutions to seemingly insoluble problems.

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Our Core Values

  • Pursuing social justice
  • Affirming diversity
  • Engaging with a broad array of real and imagined communities based on empathetic understanding
  • Fostering a sense of belonging
  • Instilling a desire for civic engagement

Messages from the Department of English

In Support of the LGBTQA Community

Friday, February 24, 2017

The English Department’s mission is deeply informed by a sense of social justice and unequivocal affirmation of diversity and inclusion; for this reason we want to reiterate our commitment to the LGBTQA community. Our department was among the first in the country to offer courses on gay and lesbian literature [and] today our LGBTQA graduates are shaping the literary culture.

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All Messages

In Support of the LGBTQA Community
Friday, February 24, 2017

Response to Executive Order on Immigration
Monday, January 30, 2017

Post-Election Message
Monday, November 14, 2016

In Support of Student Athletes
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Your story matters. Let us help you write it.

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The English Department Development Fund supports a range of department programs and student needs: assistance to undergraduate and graduate students, writing and scholarship awards, visiting lecturers and writers, and special opportunities for the department and the community.


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