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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

All About the Bagels, Tuesday, April 4th, SAC 402

We will have free bagels and cream cheese in the English lounge, from about 10:00 a.m. through noon.

Feminist Reading Group, Thursday, April 6th, Corr Hall 109

Join a new reading group this spring! Dr. Lloyd from the department of Global Interdisciplinary Studies and Dr. Singh from Philosophy are hosting a reading group in feminist theory this spring.

BIPOC Writing Group, Thursday, April 13th, 6:00 p.m., SAC 402

Any students, staff, faculty, and alumni who identify as Black, Indigenous, or people of color are welcome to join this meetup.

Lit Fest Speaker Steph Cha, Tuesday, April 18th, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Falvey Speakers' Corner

Steph Cha is the author of Your House Will Pay, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the California Book Award, and the Juniper Song crime trilogy.

Mary O'Donoghue & Lisa McInerney, Wednesday, April 19th, 4:00 p.m., Falvey Speakers' Corner

Join us for a lively conversation with the 2023 Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies, award-winning writer, translator, and editor, Mary O'Donoghue, and award-winning Irish writer and editor Lisa McInerney, about the craft of writing, translation, and editing.


Check us out on the University calendar !


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

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