Experience English: 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.


Faculty Spotlight

Kelly Blewett

Kelly Blewett

Kelly Blewett joined the English faculty in the Fall of 2018. During her first year, she has contributed to the undergraduate writing program and developed three courses for the graduate certificate in composition studies—one on style, one on the role of first-year writing in the contemporary university, and one on responding to student writing.

Her research takes place at the intersection of composition theory and practice, and she loves investigating what makes good teaching work. Her work was recently published in College English and The Journal of College Literacy and Language. An avid reader, Kelly also reviews new trade books monthly for BookPage and interviews authors for a radio program on NPR in Cincinnati. This Summer, she will have the pleasure of interviewing fellow English faculty Brian Brodeur and Jean Harper.

When she’s not teaching, writing, or reading, Kelly enjoys spending time with her family, including son William (age 8) and daughter Caroline (age 6). Board games, baking, and crafts are frequent family activities. Kelly’s favorite game is Scrabble, but no one in the family will play it with her (she’s too good at landing those triple-word scores).

Student Spotlight

Abbie Sliger

Abbie Sliger

Abbie Sliger is the Outstanding Undergraduate Student in English for 2019. She graduated in May 2019 with a BA in English with a concentration in literature and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies.

In fall 2017, Abbie started working in the Writing Center with Dr. Eleni Siatra and excelled as a writing consultant. Abbie also worked as an SI for Travis Rountree’s Argumentative course. Last year she helped Dr. Rountree with the Celebration of Student Writing. She has also been an integral part of organizing the first LGBTQ archives and events on campus. In addition, Abbie served as the vice president of Sigma Tau Delta.

In the summer of 2018 Abbie traveled to the Folger Shakespeare Library to conduct research on Shakespeare’s Roman play, Coriolanus. She plans to continue her education studying for an MA in Composition and Rhetoric at Ball State University.

Sara Baxter

Sara Baxter

Sara Baxter is the Outstanding Graduate Student in English for 2019. Sara completed her MA in English with a Graduate Certificate in Composition Studies in spring 2019. During her years at IU East, Sara has served her fellow students, department, professors, school, community, and discipline with uncommon dedication, professionalism, and imagination.

As an Online Writing Consultant for the IU East Writing Center, Sara tutored undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a variety of programs. Sara served as the President of Sigma Tau Delta. She facilitated several writing workshops as part of the English Department’s community-outreach at Room 912 and was also a Course Assistant for several English Faculty. Sara served in several roles with Tributaries: A Journal of Creative Arts, currently she is Editor-in-Chief.

But Sara may be most gifted as a poet. In 2018, Sara attended the prestigious Kenyon College Summer Writers Workshop. Dr. Brian Brodeur states that Sara is one of the finest poets with whom he has ever had the pleasure of working. She plans on further graduate studies in the future and will teach for IU East in 2019-2020 as an adjunct faculty member.

Alumni Spotlight

Here is some news from recent graduates:

  • Kaylyn Flora is attending the University of North Carolina Wilmington to study for an MFA in CW.
  • Katie Yohey will complete her Masters at Ball State in 2019.
  • Lindsey Dirksen completed her MA in English at Ball State University in 2019 and will be teaching as an adjunct at IU East starting in fall 2019.
  • Chase Eversole earned an MFA in Creative Writing (fiction) from Miami University.
  • Emily O’Brien completed her MA in English at Miami University (Ohio) and is currently a PhD Fellow in Feminist Studies at UC Santa Barbara.
  • In addition, Tyler Groff, Secondary Education English major, is completing a PhD in literature (ABD) at Miami.
  • Lauren Murray is working on a Graduate Certificate in Composition Studies at IU East and plans to complete her MA in English starting in fall 2019.


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