About the Department

Our Mission

The UIS English Department emphasizes:

  • the humanistic endeavors of reading, writing, and studying texts in a variety of genres across cultures and times.
  • the connection between critical, literary reading and a range of academic, professional, and creative pursuits.
  • students’ participation in the creation of knowledge in many literary modalities and media.
  • the connection between civic life and the study of composition and literary texts.

We offer Bachelor of Arts (Online and on-Campus) and Master of Arts degrees, an undergraduate minor in English, and a Graduate Certificate in Teaching English. Students may study a range of courses in British, American and World Literature, and Linguistics. They may also take a variety of writing courses.