Through our programs in literary studies and writing, we offer an education in humane letters based on the principles of writing and the literary traditions of English in Great Britain, the Americas, Africa, and Asia.

Our offerings include a major and a minor in literary studies and a major and a minor in writing with tracks in either creative or professional writing.  We also offer a Master of Arts in English Studies and Communication, a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and courses that fulfill requirements for the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree, with or without a concentration in English.  New to our offerings is also an undergraduate minor in TESOL.

  • Why English?  Why enroll in an English class, become an English major or minor, or pursue a graduate degree in English?  
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Books and Coffee spring 2015

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See our list of topics courses and course descriptions

  • English 200: topics this spring include Labor, Migration, and Conflict in Literature, Going Home, Innocence and Experience, Voices on the Edges, Utopian and Dystopian Literature; and From Aliens to Androids: Contemporary Science Fiction.
  • English 380 (Topics in Writing)--topics include Peer Tutoring in Writing and #identity: Written on the Body.
  • English 390 (Topics in Literature)--topics include The Portrait of the Lady in 19th and 20th-c Realist Literature and Art, Lyric Passport: Contemporary World Poetry, and Electronic Dance Music.
  • English 395 (Topics in Language)--topics include ESL Peer Tutoring.
  • English 493 (the senior seminar in English literature).  The topic this spring is Local Shakespeares/ Global Shakespeares.
  • English 609 (Topics in Writing): Theoretical Approaches to Teaching Writing.
  • English 610 (Topics in American Literature and Culture): Literature of American Empire and Electronic Dance Music.
  • English 614 (Seminar in ESL) ESL Peer Tutoring.

Books and Coffee is back!  Warm up with members of the campus and community Thursday afternoons from 4-5 p.m. in Jan and February & hear Valpo faculty and staff review best-selling books.  Add the books to your reading list now.

Thursday, Jan. 8 
Professor Robert Elder, Department of History
Reviews The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
Christopher Center Community Room

Thursday, Jan. 15
Professor John Nunes, Jochum Professor and Chair 
Reviews Radiance of Tomorrow: A Novel by Ishmael Beah
Christopher Center Community Room

Thursday, Jan. 22
Professor Mel Piehl, Christ College
Reviews Lila: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson
Harre Union Ballroom C: East

Thursday, Jan. 29
Professor Kristin Mauk, Nursing
Reviews Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
Christopher Center Community Room

Thursday, Feb. 5
Professor Carter Hanson, English
Reviews Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro
Mueller Hall Refectory

Thursday, Feb. 12
Professor Jennifer Hora, Political Science
Reviews Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice by Joan Biskupic
Christopher Center Community Room

Thursday, Feb. 19
Professor Kevin Gary, Education
Reviews The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley
Mueller Hall Refectory

Thursday, Feb. 26
Professor Matt Becker, Theology
Reviews Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Charles Marsh
Christopher Center Community Room