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.

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Books and Coffee 2015
Shakespeare Week Feb 3-7

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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.  Download flier. 

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 Roo



A week of events featuring the residency of Actors from the London stage, who will perform Macbeth Feb 5-7;  Children's Theatre Works of Chicago Street Theatre performing scenes from Romeo and Juliet; and Shakespearean editor and critic Gary Taylor, who will speak on Beauty and Truth in Shakespeare. See the following for schedules and ticket information.