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Since 1873, the English department has remained at the heart of the academic experience at TCU. Today the English department approaches both venerable and popular subjects — from Shakespeare, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Kenneth Burke to missionary writers, radical journalists and comic books — with traditional and cutting-edge tools.


We work in both dusty and digital archives to advance knowledge about the centrality of culture in our lives.


By studying literature and writing, you’ll learn how to make connections between ideas, construct persuasive arguments and respect multiple viewpoints. You’ll gain critical-thinking skills that translate to a range of professions — from law to journalism to social work.


What You’ll Do

In your undergraduate and graduate classes, you may compose in multiple genres. Explore the roots of contemporary film in gothic novels. Discover how Aristotle’s Rhetorics informs email etiquette. Read all seven Jane Austen novels. Analyze comics and video games by composing comics and video games. Contrast critical approaches. Examine how the multicultural context of the early American republic continues to influence today’s debates. Learn to read like Flannery O’Connor and write like yourself.

You’ll have many chances to connect to careers. TCU’s writing internship program is your chance to gain valuable work experience while you explore writing-related careers.


Your Professors

Our faculty have garnered significant scholarly recognition in a broad range of intellectual areas, with special focus on British, American and postcolonial literatures, rhetoric and composition, and creative writing.

Several of our faculty edit the august literary journal descant, one of the country’s oldest national literary journals. The department also sponsors the publication of eleven40seven, a student journal of the arts, and the Live Oak Reading series.


Your Options

With BA majors in English and writing; minors in English, writing and creative writing; an MA in English; and a Ph.D. in English or rhetoric and composition, you can find the courses and faculty that will help you meet your goals — or define new ones.


Choose from a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses of study, including:

Areas of Study

Expand your horizons with study abroad in more than 50 countries, service-learning trips overseas and internships around the globe.

Study Abroad

At TCU, you’ll grow intellectually and personally, and you’ll also gain specific knowledge and skills for a career. You’ll learn by doing, stepping outside the classroom to turn your ideas into action. Internships are invaluable for helping sort out which career path most interests you.


At TCU, you’ll have access to a career consultant who works exclusively with AddRan students. Schedule one-on-one meetings with your career coach who will assess and analyze what you need most. You’ll learn how courses, internships and service projects can broaden the experience on your resume. Learn more about everything career services has to offer English majors.

Career Preparation