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.
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.