English Department

An Education in Imaginative Reasoning

The Baylor English department is a diverse community of faculty, staff, undergraduate students, and graduate students who share a love for language.  We’re interested in what language can tell us about who we are as people and how it can help us be agents of good in the world.  We divide our research and courses into three main categories: Literature, Linguistics, and Professional Writing and Rhetoric.  Enjoy learning more about us from our website!


Literature, Linguistics, and Professional Writing and Rhetoric

We love our English undergraduates! We offer majors in English Literature, Linguistics, or Professional Writing and Rhetoric.  We also offer a minor in Creative Writing. Our students work with top scholars in their fields and benefit from small, discussion-oriented classes. They also enjoy opportunities to test out possible careers, whether through internships or as staff members of The Phoenix, the department’s student-run magazine.


Why Study English?

We’re proud of our Ph.D. completion percentage and job placement rate and have been ranked best in the nation for Student Support and Outcomes by the National Research Council. Our graduate faculty offer the M.A. and Ph.D. in literary criticism as well as a certificate in literature and religion. Our graduates are both generalists who can teach a range of courses and specialists with significant books and articles.

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English Department

In the News
Registration for the spring semester begins this week! Follow the link to check out the English Department's course offerings in the spring.
Dr. Ryan Sharp has been selected as one of twenty-eight Career Enhancement Fellows for the 2022-2023 academic year by the Institute for Citizens & Scholars! Congratulations, Dr. Sharp! Read more about Dr. Sharp and this exciting opportunity at the Baylor A&S blog post linked below.
In conjunction with the Beall Poetry Festival, Ginger Hanchey's class, "How Poetry Changes the World," created poetry installations on campus: writing lines of poetry on windows, chalking poetry on sidewalks, creating a walking trail with QR codes linking to poetry, tying tags with poems on bushes and plants in the garden next to ABL, and handing out stickers with images from poems - filling the campus with poetry.
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