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English and Philosophy

Student writing on the quad in the fall

Our department offers small classes and award-winning faculty.  English students focus on literature, professional writing, or creative writing, while Philosophy majors take traditional or pre-law tracks.  Our M.A., TESOL certificate, and Ph.D. in  English and the Teaching of English prepare graduate students for careers in higher education.

See what courses are offered in our Course Booklet (Fall 2018 offerings) or visit our program page.


Thursday, May 3rd: Department Undergraduate Graduation Celebration, 1-2:30 pm, LA 244.

Thursday, May 3rd: Black Rock and Sage Launch Party. 5:30-7:00 pm at the Bengal Cafe in the PSUB.

Friday, May 4th: Department Graduate Graduation Celebration, 10 am- 12 pm, Winston Residence.




The ISU Department of English and Philosophy is pleased to announce that Professor Brian Attebery has been selected to serve as Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the University of Glasgow during spring semester of 2019. The Leverhulme Trust sponsors up to fifteen highly competitive visiting professorships a year, bringing scholars in all disciplines and from all over the world to institutions in the United Kingdom. The University of Glasgow offers one of the few graduate programs in fantasy literature and is in the process of creating a Fantasy Research Centre. The program’s director, Dr. Robert Maslan, states that “Professor Brian Attebery is the pre-eminent name in the field of fantasy literature, author of three of the most influential monographs in the field and editor of its most respected journal. At a time when the University of Glasgow is seeking to set up the world’s first Fantasy Research Centre, Professor Attebery’s expertise and global network of contacts will be invaluable in helping us to develop a research plan and programme of events for the Centre over the next five years.”
Ann Marie Potter, M.A. student in English, has been accepted into the Oklahoma State University's Ph.D. program in English (creative writing emphasis), with full funding through a TAship. Ann Marie successfully defended her thesis, "Holy Motives for Murder: Religious Subtext in the Crime Fiction of Andrew M. Greeley," on March 29, 2018. 

Laura Griffith, M.A. in English, 2017, who has been accepted into the University of Washington Ph.D. program in English, with full funding through a TAship. Laura writes, "The time that I spent at ISU did so much to prepare me for my future graduate studies, and I could not have gotten into this program without the support and help of multiple ISU professors."

Price Worrell, M.A. in English, 2017, who has been accepted into University of South Carolina's Ph.D. in Linguistics program, with funding through a teaching fellowship and a College of Arts and Sciences stipend. He begins his studies there in June. Price writes, "I am hoping to continue my focus in Old English looking at the influence of contact languages, such as Old Norse and Brythonic."

Tera Joy Cole's flash fiction story, "Franny" will be published on April 21 by Sky Island Journal which is an online literary magazine. Tera is an Associate Lecturer in English.

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