Why English?
Because words and ideas shape the world. 

KU's English Department is at the core of the humanities, exploring the nature of the human through our individual, one-on-one interactions with our students, our emphasis on community and global engagement, and our abiding interest in our shared experiences through the stories and words of others. We seek to challenge the mind and to engage the imagination of our students.  We encourage them to grapple with the complexity of a culturally and commercially interconnected world and the global networks and processes of cultural exchange. We believe that words and ideas will shape the world. We teach our students life-long skills, so that they learn to read carefully and write clearly, creatively, and effectively—discovering themselves even as they lay a solid foundation for professional success.  

Why English? KU English alumni tell their stories.

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Diversity and inclusion

The KU Department of English values diversity in all its forms and seeks to build cultural understanding while fostering an inclusive environment for every one of its members: part-time and full-time undergraduates, graduate students, lecturers, faculty, and staff. We recognize that diversity is no simple, easily attained matter and requires constant self-examination. We continually strive to establish an inviting atmosphere for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, immigrant status, national origin, socio-economic class, language, physical ability, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, religion, military status, or age. A multiplicity of stories and perspectives enriches our study and our lives.  We learn best from each other.

Read an overview of department efforts and initiatives related to diversity and inclusion

Study abroad

As part of our commitment to building cultural understanding and offering our students a range of experiences, the KU Department of English has three study abroad programs: the British Summer Institute, The London Review, and Pura Vida: Costa Rica & Travel Writing. We also facilitate study abroad through semester- and year-long programs.

Read the most recent London Review Publication (2020)


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Summer 2020 section

2020 Alice F. Holmes Summer Institute

ENGL 908 (3 credits)
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