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 November

Wednesday, Nov. 11th, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Zoom; Virtual Literary Reading
Creative Writing faculty members Dr. Tsering Wangmo and Alan Drew and emerging student writers Tia Parisi and Jacqueline Carroll will read from their work. Register in advance.

, Nov. 16th, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Zoom; Readings by Student Nature Writers
In an event sponsored by Stoneleigh and Nature Lands Trust, students from Professor Cathy Staples’s Nature Writing seminar will read their work.

Tuesday, Nov. 17th, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Zoom; Legal Research Panel
Join a panel of students to learn how the process of researching and writing a short legal journal article for the Legal Writing & Analysis course prompted their personal and professional development.

Tuesday, Nov. 17th, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Zoom; BIPOC Reading Series
A reading of creative works by Villanova's black, indigenous, and POC communities. Show some love and invite your friends. Register 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.

Villanova University
Department of English
St. Augustine Center
Room 402

Department Chair
Professor Heather Hicks

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