The power of words.

Love to read and write? Believe that the written word can open minds, touch hearts, and connect people? If so, you’ll find a home in the English department.

Why English?

As a Butler English major, students are immersed in the writer’s life. Through the Delbrook Visiting Writers Series, students interact with influential figures in contemporary literature such as Toni Morrison, Jonathan Franzen, and Joyce Carol Oates. And, the Efroymson Center for Creative Writing offers rich programming, which includes public readings, writing workshops and discussions, and numerous publishing and service enterprises.  

Our faculty are active and highly respected scholars, creative writers, and passionate and dedicated teachers. They teach everything from Chaucer and Shakespeare to video games and graphic novels, from poetry writing to grant writing. Our department offers the resources of a large school with the commitment to one-to-one contact and small classes characteristic of a smaller University. 

Students also get a taste of book publishing by editing or submitting original work to Manuscripts, our award-winning undergraduate literary magazine. Students also share their writing in campus poetry events and our annual creative writing contest.

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