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.
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.
Serving the Community
Butler student mentors inspire high school poets and storytellers in our Writing in the Schools program and coach children in grades 3-12 in our summer camp workshops and Saturday Bridge sessions.
Customize the Curriculum
Students can customize a Butler English major to match their interests and career plans. We offer tracks in Literature; Creative Writing; Literary Theory, Culture, and Criticism; and Public and Professional Writing.
Hone Your Skills
National Geographic, the Indianapolis Colts, and Macmillan Publishers are just a few of the places where Butler English majors have completed internships. Others have interned for congressional offices, law firms, magazines, arts centers, local service organizations, and in academic administration and research.
Refining Your Craft
Find help with writing assignments—or help other students as a paid peer tutor—in the Butler Writers’ Studio. Upper-level students selected as First-Year Fellows work in classrooms as mentors and guides to first-year students.