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
The Martin Museum of Art collaborated with Dr. Jennifer Cognard-Black, the Robert Foster Cherry Professor for Great Teaching, and the students of PWR 3385 to present Word + Image: A Series of Ekphrastic Essays in Conversation with Art from the Martin Museum. Students have written essays in response to a work of art, and both the writings and chosen works will be on view May 11 - 23, 2021 in the Museum.
Dr. Mike DePalma has been selected for the 2021 Centennial Professor Award. This award will allow him to conduct archival research for his current monograph, Fostering Christian Rhetorical Activism at Andover Settlement House, a project that examines the ways social Christian theology animated interfaith engagement at Andover Settlement House at the end of the nineteenth century.
Nicole Salama and Caroline Shurtleff presented papers at the 2021 Baylor URSA (Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement) Scholars Week. Nicole’s paper was on “Controlled Community: Placing Katie Rainey from Eudora Welty’s The Golden Apples in Morgana Society” and Caroline’s paper was on “Emily Dickinson’s Electric Sight of Truth.” Both students received awards for their outstanding presentations.
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