English is one of UConn's largest and most vibrant departments, with approximately 400 undergrad majors and double majors in biology, economics, and other fields. 100 faculty and 70 graduate students study literature written in English from c.800 to the present. [ . . . ]

Why Study English?


"Heads up, business majors: Employers are newly hot on the trail of hires with liberal arts and humanities degrees.
Class of 2015 graduates from those disciplines are employed at higher rates than their cohorts in the class of 2014, and starting salaries rose significantly, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers' annual first-destination survey of recent graduates in the workforce."
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“Wherever I am, if I've got a book with me, I have a place I can go and be happy."Books say: She did this because. Life says: She did this. Books are where things are explained to you; life is where things aren’t. I’m not surprised some people prefer books. —Julian BarnesA writer is a world trapped in a person. —Victor Hugo Do they sense it, these dead writers, when their books are read? Does a pinprick of light appear in their darkness? Is their soul stirred by the feather touch of another mind reading theirs? I do hope so. —Diane Setterfield

Upcoming Events

Letters About Literature

The English Department, Connecticut Writing Project, and Neag School of Education are the CT sponsors for this Library of Congress writing competition for grades 4-12.


  • Frankenstein at 200
    On Oct. 22 at 7 pm, Dwight Codr will give a public talk at Manchester Public Library.
  • Spooky Poetry Rocks!
    Presentation and open mic will take place on Oct. 21 at 7 pm at Arts Center East in Vernon, CT.

Professors are People Too


Ali Oshinskie ('17) interviews professors for a podcast series, "Professors are People Too." Listen (or read the transcripts) to her introduction and interviews with Gina Barreca, Cathy Schlund-VialsSean Forbes, Dwight Codr, and Victoria Ford Smith. For her final episode, Ali expands her focus, working with Sahar Iqbal ('19) and Alice Hu ('20) to produce "Humanities Majors Are People Too." They interview English Professor Jerry Phillips, Women's Center Director Kathleen Holgerson, and The New Yorker Radio Hour's Rhiannon Corby .