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Chair’s Message

The English Department is the largest department in the AddRan College of Liberal Arts and among the most venerable academic areas of study at TCU. Today, a degree in English or writing provides an exceptional opportunity for students to explore literature, rhetoric and writing — whether in oral, printed or digital forms. We offer a bachelor’s degree in English and writing, as well as minors in English, writing and creative writing. Our graduate program offers a Master of Arts in English and a Doctor of Philosophy in both English, and rhetoric and composition.

The Department of English faculty are deeply committed professionals who research, publish and teach in a wide range of areas, including American, British and global literature, rhetoric, composition and creative writing. Our professors foster research and teaching that bridges areas of study within the field of English and across disciplines, and they serve as university leaders in women and gender studies and comparative race and ethnic studies.

Today, the skills of writing, analyzing and interpreting are more urgent than ever. In this environment, our students stand out — refining skills that will endure even as careers evolve in directions you can’t even predict today. Our students learn to think in new ways – creatively, analytically, persuasively. They pose questions and research solutions. They debate what is important in their own and our shared lives. And as they encounter multiple traditions and perspectives, they develop empathy and an understanding of difference — skills that will enable them to better understand and thrive in our global society.

Karen Steele, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of English