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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.

Master of Arts in English

Congratulations to the First Five Master of Arts Graduates First Five MA English Graduates

Congratulations to the first five Master of Arts graduates in English! All five students completed their MA in spring 2015 and participated in Commencement exercises. Our first five to complete the new degree are: Amber Joffrion, Jacqueline Klueh, Mark Stenger, Riley Tuggle, and Felicia Williams.

The English Department is now accepting applications for the Master of Arts in English program. The deadline for applications is April 15th for fall acceptance of the same year. For more information about the M.A. in English and application process, contact Dr. Edwina Helton, Director of Graduate Programs, at 765-973-8460 or email

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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.

Composition Studies: Students in our program gain practical experience in composition theory, research, and pedagogy. In addition to a specialization in composition studies, students will take courses in linguistics, literature, and critical practices, and have the flexibility to take electives like creative non-fiction. Students in our program are prepared for professional positions or going on to graduate work in English or Education.

Noteworthy Courses, Spring '16

ENG W280 Spring 2016

ENG L371 Spring 2016

ENG L382 Spring 2016

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

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Student Spotlight

Caleb Warner

Caleb Warner

Caleb Warner is a senior majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing. Caleb was born and raised in the backwoods of Indiana, and the beautiful vistas and quiet solitude created the foundations for his interest in writing. Caleb primarily writes fiction with a focus on wilderness based horror stories and hunting narratives. His short story, “Chess with Sasquatch” has appeared in issue #11 of The Literary Hatchet magazine.

Caleb has worked in the IU East writing center since the early fall of 2014. He is the Vice President of IU East’s Sigma Tau Delta chapter and the Editor-in-Chief of Tributaries, the student produced journal of creative arts. He also does literary research and has performed hours of primary research in Concord, Massachusetts on Henry David Thoreau. He plans to present his findings at the 2016 Sigma Tau Delta International convention and will give a presentation of his research at IU East’s Student Research Day in April. Upon graduating, Caleb will pursue a career in writing, selling short stories and looking to land a book deal.

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