UConn English is a vibrant, collaborative community that covers the full range of literature written in English across the globe.

The UConn Department of English offers education and outreach programs that help students across the University become excellent writers, thoughtful communicators, and engaged citizens. Our scholars produce innovative research that asks tough questions about English and its impact on society.

Through our courses in traditional and emerging areas of study, we train students to become better readers and writers of text in all forms. We also share our love of English broadly, hosting programs that bring guest speakers, writers-in-residence, and educational initiatives to communities at UConn and beyond our five campuses.


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Undergraduate Education

Students can customize their experience with our flexible English major and minor options.

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Graduate Education

Our department offers graduate Ph.D., MA, and combined MA/Ph.D. tracks.

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Recent News

Grad Landings: Sarah Bertekap to Ball State University

Sarah Bertekap ’24 (Ph.D.) has accepted an Assistant Lecturer of English position at the Indiana Academy at Ball State University. Sarah’s committee included Mary Burke, major advisor, and committee members Margaret Breen, Greg Semenza, and Victoria Ford Smith. Congratulations!

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English Dept. Members Named UCHI Fellows

The UConn Humanities Institute (UCHI) has announced their fellows for the 2024-25 academic year. Among them is four members of the Department of English community: Prof. Yohei Igarashi – Faculty Success Fellow Prof. Greggory Pierrot – Faculty Fellow Daniele Pierratti – Graduate Student, Dissertation Research Scholar Julia Wold – Graduate Student, Dissertation Research Scholar

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Prof. Martha Cutter Wins MELUS Lifetime Achievement Award

Prof. Martha Cutter, Professor of English and Africana Studies and Director of American Studies, has won the MELUS (The Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States) Lifetime Achievement Award for 2024. This award recognizes individuals for their scholarship work, as well as service to the MELUS organization.

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