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English at UIC is home to a rich array of student programs and award-winning faculty research, held together by common commitments to studying the power of words. With our jointly-governed faculty and an instructor-led curriculum, we proudly teach First Year Writing to the entire UIC undergraduate population.
English is the largest humanities major at UIC. Undergraduate English majors may pursue concentrations in American Literature; British and Anglophone Literature; Media, Rhetorical, & Cultural Studies; Creative Writing; Professional Writing; and the Teaching of English. English minors complement many majors, and our minor in Professional & Technical Writing is an excellent enhancement for STEM majors. Both English majors and minors may participate in our celebrated internship program.
Graduate programs include MA and PhD degrees in literary studies, English Education, and Rhetoric, and we also offer one of the few Creative Writing PhDs in the country. Faculty research areas range from Early Modern to Contemporary, Rhetoric to Lyric, Old English to Global Anglophone, with theoretical and methodological interests spanning literary theory, queer studies, archival research, and the history of aesthetics. The department particularly supports graduate work in American Literature, African-American Studies, British Literature of the long 18th century, postcolonial theory, literature & politics, and the history of the novel, and enjoys a concerted culture of conversation and argumentation in our Friday Colloquium series. Interested students are warmly encouraged to attend Colloquium, to visit the advisors in the Offices of Undergraduate Studies, Graduate Studies, and the Program for Writers, and to contact individual faculty members for further information about their teaching and research.