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English Department

The Bachelor of Arts in English degree program provides students with an education in the history, aesthetics, and analysis of English and American literature.  The Department of English also offers a substantial program in writing, including creative writing (poetry and fiction) as well as professional writing and intermediate and advanced expository writing. 

The department regularly offers courses in the full range of English and American literary studies, including Chaucer and Shakespeare, the different periods and genres, linguistics, and special topics seminars.

Program Highlights

Composition courses make extensive use of university computer labs, and certain sections of “Professional Writing Skills” are presented in an online version.

The department maintains a Writing Center to help students in any class or program address their deficiencies in writing.  The Writing Center employs capable and trained students as tutors.

Career Opportunities

An English degree is a useful, well-received, and marketable major.  It offers the option of graduate school in English or a professional school, such as law school, and provides for qualified entry into any business, state or national civil service, or educational administration.

For More Information

Browse the links listed above or download the Departmental Information Sheet for English to learn about degree and course requirements, student clubs and activities, and more.

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Office Hours


8:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.

Department Chair

George Bodmer
(219) 980-6576


John Sponberg
(219) 980-6565

Fax Number

(219) 980-6624

Mailing Address

IU Northwest
English Department
Hawthorn Hall, Room 405
3400 Broadway
Gary, IN 46408

Indiana University Northwest