Welcome to the English Department, the largest and most complex department at the University of New Hampshire. At other full-scale universities, programs in literature, creative writing, journalism, composition, technical writing, linguistics, English as a Second Language, and English teacher preparation reside in separate departments and, in many cases, different colleges, with separate curricula, faculties, and budgets. At the University of New Hampshire, all of these related programs are structured to support one another in a single department. The department, therefore, is extraordinarily diverse, with thirty-six tenure-track faculty and twenty-four lecturers representing a range of disciplines spanning the humanities and the social sciences. What pulls the Department together is the study of the English language in its various spoken and written forms. The scope of this department is unusual among institutions that compare in size and mission, presenting our students with a unique learning experience.
We offer a choice of five different majors to undergraduates, as well as various areas of minor concentration. In addition, we offer a master of arts, a master of science, a master of fine arts in creative writing, and we are one of only five departments in the College of Liberal Arts to offer a doctoral program. Distinction at the graduate level has a bearing on the quality of undergraduate education. English faculty members are prominent scholars and writers dedicated to teaching at every level.
Our faculty has been recognized for professional excellence on many occasions. Within the University, English faculty have received the full range of individual awards for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. English Department faculty members have also won major external prizes, fellowships, and awards.
Credit for the strength of our programs goes to generations of faculty and students.
We invite you to explore this website to learn more about the many opportunities that the English Department offers to both undergraduate and graduate students.