The English Department at Marquette University is a community of scholar-teachers and students who study language, culture, and literature, employing various critical, theoretical, and aesthetic methods of research and analysis. A common interest among faculty is how history affects production and reception of texts.
The First-Year English Program was awarded (with Duke University and Michigan State University) a Writing Program Certificate of Excellence from CCCC, the national organization of composition scholars. Designed to help students learn to communicate effectively, the FYE Program fulfills the university core of common studies rhetoric requirement by developing students' reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills via a two-course sequence:
- English 1001 (Academic Literacy)
- English 1002 (Public Literacy)
Undergraduate students in sophomore surveys and upper-division English courses learn to engage literary traditions, to understand how language affects people and institutions within society, to employ various methods of research and analysis, and to communicate effectively.
- Literature major
- Writing-Intensive major
- English Language Arts major
- Literature minor
- Writing-Intensive minor
- Literature of Diverse Cultures minor
Graduate students in English increase their knowledge of American and British literatures as well as develop abilities to analyze scholarship in English studies and to produce their own independent scholarship. In addition, graduate students who are awarded Teaching Assistantships are trained to teach their own courses within the FYE program. The degree programs offered are as follows:
- M.A. in British and American Literatures
- Ph.D. in British and American Literatures
The Department of English consists of:
- 28 Regular Full-time Faculty
- 4 Visiting Full-time Faculty
- 12 Part-time Faculty
- 28 graduate students holding teaching assistantships.
- 3 graduate students holding university fellowships
- 4 graduate students holding research assistantships
- 1 graduate student holding a Renasence assistantship
- In 2014, our department had another good research year. Faculty published 3 single-authored books, 2 reissued single-authored books, 1 edited collection, 24 articles/book chapters, 2 review essays, 10 reviews/dictionary entries; presented 45 conference papers and 5 major keynote addresses; conducted 10 workshop sessions; were issued as 8 visiting scholar invitations; edited 6 journals, and 1 book series; and won 2 major grants/fellowships, and 9 small grants/fellowships.
- Our department also had a good year in teaching. Regular faculty created 18 new classes and revised 25 existing ones, helping to initiate our new UG curriculum; achieved a MOCES mean of 5.0/6.0 in the spring and 5.3/6.0 in the fall (for comparison, both the college and university means were 5.0 both semesters); mentored 6 Ph.D. students in successful defenses; and submitted our programs’ results in our assessment reports.
Contributions to the University
English regularly contributes 15 courses to the University Core of Common Studies and 5 courses (sometimes more) to the University Honors Program.
The internationally-known Norman H. Ott Memorial Writing Center, located in Raynor Library, offers peer tutoring services for undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff.