We are a student-centered, award-winning department providing students the opportunity to develop deep knowledge and expertise in a wide variety of literature, creative and professional writing, rhetoric, and linguistics.
We offer two undergraduate majors—in Liberal Arts and Secondary Education—several minors, and a Master of Arts and certificate programs for graduate students. Our faculty are accomplished, publishing their scholarly and creative work with distinguished presses and in leading national and international journals. But our priority remains teaching and mentoring students as they develop their skills as practiced readers, writers, and problem-solvers.
The department sponsors a range of curricular and co-curricular options, from study-abroad trips to a campus chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society. Our students also staff the nationally-recognized Wisconsin Review, a journal devoted to creative writing and visual art.
This website provides a lot of information on all of those topics, so please do take a look. We’ve organized it so that both prospective and continuing students can find what they need. Of course, for additional information, please do contact us. We want to hear from you!
English Department Faculty Member, Ula Klein, recently published a book. Sapphic Crossings, explores why cross-dressing women were popular in 18th century British literature.
She also explains how same sex relationships, as well as crossdressing were utilized throughout literature to embody legitimate desires and relationships.
The book can be found at the University of Virginia Press. https://www.upress.virginia.edu/title/5438