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

BIPOC Writing Hangouts, every other Thursday from Sep. 9th, 7 p.m., Zoom

A supportive and informal space for self-identified BIPOC students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Writing prompts provided. Email Prof. Tsering Wangmo Dhompa for details.

“BOX OF WORDS:  Meeting Anna Murray Douglass through Persona Poems”, Monday, Sep. 27th, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., Bartley 033

Nzadi Keita, a Philly-born writer, editor, and scholar, is a Pew Fellow for the Arts in Poetry. Her book of persona poems, Brief Evidence of Heaven, gives voice to abolitionist Anna Murray Douglass, first wife of Frederick Douglass.


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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