Outreach and Engagement


Outreach and engagement is central - and essential - to UConn English.

Home to one of the most fundamental disciplines at the University, the Department of English engages all parts of UConn Nation. Our courses and programs educate nearly all undergraduates at our five campuses. Our scholars engage produce work that crosses boundaries and builds bridges. Our community programs support Connecticut educators and lifelong learners at UConn and beyond. Below are just some of the examples.

Academics

The Creative Writing Program in the Department of English provides undergraduate and graduate students with writing courses in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, and screenwriting. The program offers classes from beginning to advanced levels, open to all students regardless of their major, as well as a 15-credit sequence of courses leading to the Concentration in Creative Writing. The Program also hosts a stellar Visiting Writers Series each semester and the Wallace Stevens Poetry Program, which each year brings some of the world’s most exciting poets to UConn.

UConn's First-Year Writing Program offers entry-level courses designed to enhance students’ writing, critical thinking, and digital literacy. These courses emphasize active learning and collaboration, and are offered to all UConn undergraduates as part of the University’s first-year writing requirement. The First-Year Writing Program also offers training and other resources to instructors on how to teach across technologies and communication modes.

UConn’s American Studies Program focuses on U.S. culture and its relationship to the world beyond its borders. The Program brings together faculty from across the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts at UConn, and offers events, programs, and training programs for teachers. It offers an undergraduate major and minor as well as a graduate certificate.

Publications

The Long River Review is a literary journal produced annually by UConn undergraduate students. The publication champions the best art and literature from emerging writers and artists at UConn and across the globe. It also provides valuable experience for students to plan, edit, and produce a publication under faculty guidance.

Poetic Journeys is a public art project that features poems written by UConn students, faculty, and staff--on placards designed by students in the University’s Design Center--at transportation hubs across the Storrs campus. The project offers community members and visitors a poetic respite from their busy days, and an opportunity, each time they board a bus, to embark on a different kind of journey.

Service

The Aetna Chair of Writing supports UConn writing programs and initiatives, including prizes and research grants for students; literary journals and publications; visiting scholars and guest speakers; and professional development opportunities for writers and educators.

Through its annual Invitational Summer Institute, the Connecticut Writing Project supports professional resources for teachers in all disciplines who recognize the worth of using writing as a means of learning any subject matter. The project also offers professional development services to schools and school districts, and a variety of opportunities for students to publish their writing.

The UConn Writing Center provides tutoring and writing support for students at all levels. It also offers faculty development resources for educators at UConn and across the state, and sponsors programs across the University that enhance educational access and academic excellence.

The Wallace Stevens Poetry Program brings nationally and internationally-recognized poets to Connecticut each year to engage with UConn students and community members. The Program also supports other engagement activities, including a poetry prize for students.

Affiliated Programs

Our Department is affiliated with several interdisciplinary centers and programs across campus, such as the Africana Studies Institute, Asian and Asian American Studies Institute, Human Rights Institute, and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. Our faculty and graduate students are also actively engaged with UConn’s Humanities Institute, which offers competitive internal fellowships for graduate students completing their dissertation work, and is home to Digital Humanities and Media Studies.