Live the Written Word!

Pursue a degree in English and live what you love.  The English department at IUE will afford you the chance to grow as a writer, examine the timelessness of the world's greatest writers, and become a part of a dynamic program.

English Department Mission

The English Department affirms its crucial role in building intellectual, artistic, and professional knowledge through the study and writing of literature and language in one of our four areas of study: composition studies, creative writing, literature, and technical and professional writing.

Bachelor of Arts in English Concentrations

Creative Writing: Within the English degree, students can choose to concentrate in Creative Writing, with courses in Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction.  Students will explore writing in various forms: short stories, novels, poetry, memoir, documentary writing, and more.  Creative opportunities include Tributaries, the IUE literary magazine; internships; visiting writers; and field trips.

Literature: A literature concentration allows majors to concentrate their courses in British, American, and world literatures.  The concentration is recommended for students intending to pursue graduate work in literature.  Students are encouraged to take as many classes as possible in the British literature sequence and the American literature sequence. Through these classes, students will have covered the major authors and periods in both British and American literature.  Additionally, students will take world literature for an appreciation of non-English literatures.  Beginning with English L202 Literary Interpretation, students will round off their experiences with literary criticism English L371.

Technical and Professional Writing: A concentrated study in the techniques of professional and technical writing including document design, digital writing, technical editing, and technical writing. Create brochures, websites, presentations, reports, blogs, and more. Fine tune your professional writing skills for the world of technical writing, editing, marketing, advertising, publishing, journalism, and many other areas which require excellent writing skills.,

Noteworthy Courses, Fall '16




Faculty Spotlight

Brian Brodeur

Brian Brodeur

Welcome to our new faculty member!

Brian Brodeur is the author of the poetry collections Natural Causes (Autumn House Press 2012) and Other Latitudes (University of Akron Press 2008), as well as the chapbooks Local Fauna (Kent State University Press 2015) and So the Night Cannot Go on Without Us (WECS Press 2007). New poems, essays, and interviews appear in American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry (online), Crab Orchard Review, Measure, Poetry Daily, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, 32 Poems, and The Writers Chronicle. Brian curates the digital archive “How a Poem Happens,” an online anthology of over two hundred interviews with poets. A 2013 Walter E. Dakin Fellow at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, he holds a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from University of Cincinnati, where he served as Associate Editor for The Cincinnati Review. This fall, he will join the faculty at Indiana University East as Assistant Professor of English, Creative Writing with a poetry focus. Visit him at

Natural Causes:

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So the Night Cannot Go on Without Us:

How a Poem Happens:

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Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight Lindsey D.

Lindsey Dirksen

Lindsey Dirksen is a senior English Major with a concentration in Creative Writing, a Minor in Political Science, and a Certificate in Hispanic Studies. She has kept busy working part-time on campus for most of her three years at IUE, as a Writing Center Consultant, a Work Study in the Humanities & Social Sciences Advising Office, a Supplemental Instructor for Introductory Spanish classes, and as a Peer Mentor for the Honors Freshman Seminar.  Lindsey is also a member of IU East's Honors Program, as well as the IUE chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English Honor Society. She has served as Secretary for Sigma Tau Delta and Assistant Editor for the 2016 publication of Tributaries, the creative writing journal at IU East.

Through these organizations, Lindsey was granted the opportunity to present at four different academic conferences, and to participate in others, ranging from the Mid-Eastern Honors Association Annual Conferences to the annual Sigma Tau Delta Conventions, to Indiana University’s own Women’s & Gender Studies Undergraduate Conference.  Lindsey is being honored at the Honors Convocation in April 2016 as the undergraduate Outstanding English Student.  Lindsey’s plans to pursue a career in publishing and to continue to work on her passion as a creative writer in her free-time.

Student Spotlight Jessica V

Jessica Varkonyi

Jessica Varkonyi is the 2016 Outstanding Graduate Student in English for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) at Indiana University East (IUE).  A 2013 graduate of IUE’s English-Professional and Technical Writing B.A. program, she will receive a Master of Arts degree in English from her alma mater in May.

During her graduate studies, Jessica developed a broad selection of areas of interest.  While in the program, she studied online writing instruction and how previous online course completion affects success in subsequent writing courses.  In the spring of 2016, she was given the opportunity to present as a panelist at the 25th Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference in Savannah, Georgia where she presented her paper, “Identity as Flawed Choice: Clare Savage and Harry/Harriet in Michelle Cliff’s No Telephone to Heaven.”  She is currently working on a memoir and plans to pursue teaching and writing in the future.


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