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Why English?

Because the English Department at IUPUI is a vibrant, multi-dimensional arena. Through its courses and other activities in writing, creative writing, literature, linguistics, language instruction, and film, the department fosters students’ abilities to read closely, think deeply and critically, research effectively, and write with clarity, purpose and a strong voice.

Why English?

Because we prepare students for meaningful lives and a variety of careers.

Rob Rebein, Chair


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Top 10 Reasons to Major in English


Being an English major opens numerous doors for students because English - in one way or another - applies in some fashion to every industry, from engineering to teaching to business. This is because we need English to put thoughts into words and we use words to communicate every day. But besides those obvious reasons, the list below gives you 10 more reasons to major in English.

1. You become great at analyzing.
Though you may dislike it in class, you begin to find minute symbolisms and metaphors in everything, and you feel secretly proud of yourself for catching the incredibly small details.

2.  Your grammar becomes impeccable.
People may call you a Grammar Nazi, but you take the title with pride. You will never fear having grammar issues on your paper because those rules have been common sense since you could write.

3.  You become fluent in Elizabethan English.
“To be or not to be, that is the question…” Once you learn Elizabethan, you never go back. Oh, and you are also automatically English major material if you happen to know what Shakespearean play that line was from.

4.  You realize that writing is an art.
Writing isn’t just simply words on a page, English majors realize that the art is in the way the words move your very soul, and whether or not those words make you burn with passion or with sound hatred.

5.  Your editing skills become renown.
You may want to go ahead and get used to friends asking you to edit their paper because you will be considered the editing expert. However, you still take the work because you want a challenge, and you love secretly scratching up someone’s paper with red pen.

6. You have the potential to be ANYTHING.
With an English major, you could become a butcher, baker, economist, CEO, librarian, actor/actress, administrator, businessman/woman, novel writer, and why not a candle stick maker.

7. You learn to appreciate paper.
With the Kindle and all the new technology coming out, you still hold fast to actually holding a book and reading the words off the page without backlight. You will even begin to love the smell of old books, if you don't already.

8. You have an excuse to read ALL THE TIME.
English majors need to read to be educated and involved in the literary community, and admit it, you secretly get really excited about that. You may even start to develop a talent of reading several books at once.

9. You get scary good at word games.
Scrabble, Words with Friends, Boggle, you name it, you have mastered it. The art of making words from letters becomes a game to you and you enjoy it. Not only do you love the game, you loving showing everyone who is the best at vocabulary.

10. You secretly enjoy writing papers.
Along with your editing skills, you also like to use your writing skills toward your assignments. While a ten page paper may make some students groan, you do a fist pump, and maybe even a victory dance at the chance to make words on paper.


List created by Danielle McDougal, Class of 2017, as part of her work for the course, Writing for the Web.

Famous English Majors


This list is coming soon...you'll be amazed who's on it. Hint: it's not just writers.

Diversity Statement


The Department of English values diversity in its faculty, students, and staff, and in the work it does to advance the goals of its discipline. As a result, it seeks opportunities to enhance and extend the diverse and inclusive elements of its teaching, research, and service, and their impact on university and community lives.

The Department of English defines diversity as accepting, respecting, and recognizing individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political views, languages, or ideologies. Exploring these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment creates understanding beyond simple tolerance, honoring and celebrating the varying aspects of diversity within individual identities (definition adapted from the University of Oregon's "Definition of Diversity").

The Department pursues diversity by:

  • developing courses that embrace diversity in their content
  • using teaching strategies that challenge and engage all members of the classroom community
  • encouraging faculty research or expertise that supports diversity inquiry
  • recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff, and attracting and retaining diverse students.


The Department seeks to reach out to other communities in a range of interests and concerns, and prizes its community collaborations that have an impact on enhancing diversity and civic responsibility.