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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In the News
Feeling stressed and lost about what to do after graduation? Join us for a workshop designed for Humanities students just like you. Food will be provided.
Jennifer Cognard-Black, Professor of English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and one of three finalists for Baylor’s Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, will be giving a public lecture Monday, October 21st at 3:30 p.m. in McLean Foyer of Meditation, Armstrong Browning Library. The title of her presentation is "Just Food: Social Justice and the Literatures of Food."
Take a look at the courses being offered in the English Department for spring 2020!
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