Chairperson: Gerry Canavan, Ph.D.
Department of English website
In the Department of English, storytelling is our passion. We are a community of creative thinkers who love to read and learn from great stories and to add our own voices and narratives to existing traditions. Our faculty have expertise in British, American, and Global Anglophone literature and culture, creative writing, professional writing, rhetoric and composition, and linguistics.
The English major trains students to think expansively in a way that values language, form, history, identity, and human dignity; to solve problems logically and creatively; and to adapt to changing conditions. Our graduates enter the world as rigorous thinkers and powerful storytellers prepared for the opportunities and challenges of the twenty-first century.
An English major has always been and continues to be a versatile, recognizable asset to graduate, law, and medical school admissions committees as well as employers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. An English major is not only a great choice for a primary major—current English majors prove the English pairs well with every other academic program at Marquette to help students to amplify their creativity, critical thinking, and expression.