Learn to read critically and communicate precisely in a community of scholars, writers, and teachers.

The Valparaiso University English department offers a variety of approaches to the study of English language and literature, with undergraduate and master’s-level programs focusing on literary studies, writing, and teaching.

Our faculty are highly regarded in their fields and focus on teaching. Our classes tend to be small, offering opportunities for lively discussion. But conversation goes far beyond the classroom doors.

Presentations at the Wordfest Visiting Writer’s Series and discussions at Books and Coffee demonstrate the power of words to inspire, interrogate, and inform. The English department produces two journals, Valparaiso Poetry Review and Valparaiso Fiction Review, where many students have served as assistant editors. An award-winning student literary journal, The Lighter, enables students to share their own work. The department sponsors student travel, as well, to conferences in English studies.