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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

'Steenth Street: Recovering Alice Dunbar-Nelson's Stories of Black Childhood, Thursday, Jan 20th, 7-8 p.m., Zoom

This panel, hosted by the Chicago Public Library, will feature VU English Professor Dr. Jean Lutes, along with scholars Brigitte Fielder and Denise Burgher, discussing their work of recovering the short stories of African-American writer Alice Dunbar-Nelson. To register, click here.

LITFEST: Jericho Brown, Thursday, Jan 27th, 7 p.m., Speakers' Corner in Falvey Library

Jericho Brown is author of the The Tradition (Copper Canyon 2019), for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. He is the director of the Creative Writing Program and a professor at Emory University.

The livestream link for this event can be found here.



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.

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Department of English
St. Augustine Center
Room 402

Department Chair
Professor Heather Hicks

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