Skip to main content
Campus Aerial

English

Do you love to read and write? Do you believe in the power of words to open minds and touch hearts, to inform, entertain, motivate, and connect people? If so, you’ll find a home in the English Department’s closely knit community of students and scholars. 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, and from poetry writing to grant writing. Our department offers the resources of a large school with the commitment to one-on-one contact and small classes characteristic of a small one. 

As a Butler English major, you’ll be immersed in the writer’s life. Through the Delbrook Visiting Writer’s Series, you’ll interact with influential figures in contemporary literature. Guests have included Toni Morrison, Jonathan Franzen, and Joyce Carol Oates. Our Efroymson Center for Creative Writing offers rich programming for undergraduate and graduate students, including public readings, writing workshops and discussions, and numerous publishing and service enterprises.

Four English Tracks

You can customize a Butler English major to match your interests and career plans. We offer tracks in Literature; Creative Writing; Literary Theory, Culture, and Criticism; and Public and Professional Writing.

 

Alumni Success

Our graduates include widely published writers and editors. Others are doctors, professors, lawyers, and religious professionals; some work in marketing or for major tech firms, and have attended major graduate schools, including Yale and Harvard. Skilled in communication, research and critical thinking, English majors are highly employable in many fields.

Butler Distinctions

Creative Outlets

Get a taste of book publishing by editing or submitting original work to Manuscripts, our award-winning undergraduate literary magazine. You can also share your writing in campus “poetry orgies” and our annual creative writing contest. Graduate students help manage the journal Booth or our micropress, Pressgang.

Serving the Community

Butler student mentors inspire high school poets and storytellers in our Writing in the Schools program, and coach kids in grades 3-12 in our summer camp workshops and Saturday Bridge sessions. Check out our new Wellness Initiative, designed to support healing through therapeutic writing.

Internships

National Geographic, the Indianapolis Colts and Macmillan Publishers are just few of the local and national concerns where Butler English majors have completed internships. Others have interned for congressional offices, law firms, magazines, arts centers, and 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 Writer’s Studio. Upper-level students selected as First-Year Fellows work in classrooms as mentors and guides to first-year students.

Advanced English Degrees

Butler University offers a Master of Arts in English degree and the only Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program in Indianapolis.