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.

English Department

In the News
Professor Arna Hemenway has published a new short story, “Wolves of Karelia,” in the August issue of the Atlantic Monthly. The print issue is out now, or you can read his story online at the Atlantic website. Congratulations, Arna, on this fantastic achievement!
Dr. Jessica Hooten Wilson, who earned her Ph.D. in English at Baylor in 2009, has been named the winner of the 2019 Hiett Prize by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. The Hiett Prize honors young humanities scholars whose work shows extraordinary promise and has a significant public component related to contemporary culture. You can read more at the Hiett Prize web site. Jessica is currently associate professor of English at John Brown University.
Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Ford, who has been named a 2019 Centennial Professor! The Centennial Professors Award, which was created by the Baylor Class of 1945, provides two tenured faculty members with $5,000 for research projects. Dr. Ford will be conducting research this summer in the Eudora Welty Collection, which is housed in the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in Jackson, Mississippi.
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