Department's response to the novel coronavirus:
In order to slow down spreading of the novel coronavirus, all communication of students with the department will be done remotely until further notice. In addition, departmental administrative offices on the fourth floor of Hawthorn Hall (HH) are staffed according to the following schedule:

Mondays: Kristie Gilmore, HH 437, 8 am to 4:30 pm
Tuesdays and Fridays: John Sponberg, HH 407, 8 am to 4:30 pm
Wednesdays and Thursdays: Selena Rodriguez, HH 471, 9 am to 2 pm

For information regarding the department, our programs, and advising please contact the Department Chairman Dr. Brian O'Camb at btocamb@iu.edu.

For more information on IU's response, see https://coronavirus.iu.edu/

For campus updates, see https://www.iun.edu/campus-updates/

The Department

With language, we communicate, imagine alternate worlds, re-imagine our own, express ideas, and connect with others.  If you have found yourself lost in a book, pulled into a story, or just fascinated by how words work, then a major or minor in IUN’s English Department might be the place for you!  Our professors can help foster your reading skills, sharpen your writing skills, and prep you for a future in graduate school or a wide variety of jobs.  You’ll get to work on learning how to research, read closely, think critically, and understand diverse perspectives. 

We have courses that range from creative writing to professional writing, from British literature to world literature, including courses in Gender Studies, Film Studies, and Japanese literature.  So, no matter if you want to spend time reading Chaucer or Toni Morrison, we have a class for you! 

We offer two tracks, a BA in English, Literature, and a BA in English, Writing, and we offer three minors in English: Writing, Creative Writing, and Literature. We also offer a joint minor with Women's and Gender Studies and an interdepartmental major with Afro-American Studies.

If you are curious, come talk to any professor, e-mail us, or visit us on Facebook!  

If you would like for one of our students to do an intership with your organization, please let us know by filling out this brief form!

Career Opportunities

An English degree is a useful, well-received, and marketable major.  With it, you can go to law school, graduate school in English, work for businesses, or work for government agencies. Popular among our majors are careers in advertising, public relations, professional writing, publishing, law, and teaching. 

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.

Thank you for your interest in the Department of English at IU Northwest!

Office Hours


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

Fax Number

(219) 980-6624

Department Chair

Brian O'Camb
(219) 980-6700


John Sponberg
(219) 980-6565

Mailing Address

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

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