Book of the Month

the great believers by rebecca makkai

"This is a beautifully written novel, thoroughly researched and compassionately told, about the 1980s AIDS epidemic in Chicago. Makkai weaves together various story lines, and the result is a powerfully moving page-turner."

Jeffrey Shoulson, Vice Provost of Academic Operations and Prof. of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages


JK RowlingA writer is a world trapped in a person. —Victor HugoBooks 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 BarnesDo 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

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."
Read this article and see more arguments for studying English.

Welcome to the English Department

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. [ . . . ]

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.


  • Brown Bag Talk: Sarah Winter
    Sarah Winter will give a talk called "Human Rights and the Novelization of Habeas Corpus in Godwin's Caleb Williams" in Austin 217 at 2:30 pm on Nov. 14.

Professors are People Too


Ali Oshinskie ('17) interviews professors for a podcast series, "Professors are People Too." Read the transcripts to her introduction and interviews, and listen to the podcast on WHUS.