Students listening to a speaker in an English class.

English at Villanova offers undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare you to read deeply, think critically, write effectively and speak confidently.

In the Villanova English Department, you encounter both revered classics and celebrated recent work by writers coming from widely different experiences and points of view. In our classes, you hone your writing skills, sharpen your abilities to analyze complex texts, deepen your understanding of cultural and material history, and stimulate your imagination.

The abilities you develop prepare you for fields including consulting, journalism, marketing, law, education, banking, government, college administration, screenwriting and publishing, as well as continued studies in competitive master’s or doctorate programs.

The heart of the discipline of English is the power of the written word to tell stories, communicate ideas, broaden perspectives and bring about change.


Department Calendar April

Discussions with Playwright Hannah Khalil and Streamed Performances of The Scar Test
Thursday, March 25-Sunday, March 28/ Thursday, April 1–Sunday, April 4
, Zoom.

Hannah Khalil holds the Charles Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies for Spring 2021. Her current work includes a new play for the students of Central School of Speech and Drama called The Censor or How to Put on a Political Play without Being Arrested. Khalil’s The Scar Test explores the conditions in England’s migrant detention centers. Click here for registration and information.


Unitas Research Symposium
Wednesday, April 7
, 12-1 p.m., Zoom.

The UNITAS Faculty Research Program supports scholarly research that focuses on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Come and hear this exciting and engaging work, including work by English faculty member Dr. Jean Lutes!

A Reading by Poet Robin-Coste Lewis
Thursday, April 8, 7 p.m., Zoom.

Our final Literary Festival event is a reading by Robin Coste-Lewis, who is the poet laureate of Los Angeles. Register here.

A Discussion with Hannah Khalil
Thursday, April 15
, 5-6 p.m., Zoom.

Our final Literary Festival event features a discussion with Palestinian Irish writer and playwright Hannah Khalil. Register here.


English Department Pre-Registration Reception
Friday, April 16, 12:30-2 p.m., Driscoll Tent

Join us for lunch, information about Fall 2021 courses, and news about the English department in general! This is a great chance to socialize in a safe, socially distanced way with English professors and majors. The reception will feature free food, and a raffle with a chance to win literary prizes and English Department swag.


Check out our blog for more information on events and activities!


Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

Members of the English faculty support the Faculty Congress statement "Justice‌ ‌for‌ ‌George‌ ‌Floyd‌ ‌and‌ ‌Others." Read the full statement.
Find out about our efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Villanova University
Department of English
St. Augustine Center
Room 402

Department Chair
Professor Heather Hicks

Why Villanova English?

Careers Through English