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

Let curiosity
take your story further.

Specialized programs of study to match any interest area,
hands-on research opportunities,
and a campus in the heart of an innovative college city community
of over 250,000 people.

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Messages from the Department of English

Response to White Supremacy on Campus

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Department of English’s core values—which strongly affirm diversity and the pursuit of social justice—are incommensurable with the tenets of white supremacy, including the frequency with which its proponents threaten—and, indeed, often perpetrate—violent actions. We condemn such threats and actions to the strongest possible degree, for they are diametrically opposed to what we hold dearest: the well-reasoned and creative exchange of ideas and arguments based on honing and exercising our capacities for critical thinking and imaginative reasoning. [ continued ]

All Messages

Response to White Supremacy on Campus Wednesday, February 7, 2018

We Stand with DACA Recipients Friday, September 29, 2017

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

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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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