About the English Department

Most everyone knows that we are the folks who love words and stories.

That we endlessly read and write about everything we can get our hands on. That we love old books just as much as newer forms of storytelling like film and graphic novels. And that we love talking together about stories and ideas and words over coffee cups, in the classroom, in our offices, on a study abroad trip, or even outside on a walk or hike.

But every English department is also a unique community, too, and ours at SPU is no different.

We are an interesting group, if we do say so ourselves.

The faculty range in their expertise across time periods, world cultures, and literary genres — a wonderful mix of genders and generations who enjoy each other’s company and respect each other’s academic and teaching gifts.

Our students are also a stimulating blend of readers, writers, thinkers, and seekers. They range from the tragically hip to future elementary school teachers — and everything in between — and we love them for all their rich diversity of thought, opinion, future goals, and family background.

Together we are a bunch of idealists, bravely believing in the power of the imagination and the word to change the world.

But don’t let anyone tell you that this means there is no employment future for English majors. In fact, our major is considered by employers of all kinds to be excellent preparation for the “real world” since what we do is take that world very seriously — analyzing, interpreting, and writing about it.

And all of that is an excellent way to prepare for nearly ANY future profession.

Don’t Take Our Word for It

Bekah Grim ’09, one of our graduates, has nicely encapsulated what she thinks we are all about. Read her thoughts in “Calling All Seekers” — part of the mix of voices and ideas found in our Stories From English blog.

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“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina