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Chair’s Message

Picture of Joddy MurrayThe English Department at TCU is a home for undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing some of the most complex and important types of humanistic inquiry in the academy; it is through this exploration that we learn how to think creatively, to reason, to persuade, and ask questions about humanity. In an economy in which innovation, collaboration, and communication are key to the success of any enterprise, the knowledge and skills practiced and reinforced in the English department are exactly those that employers require and seek out.

As the largest department in the AddRan College of Liberal Arts, the English Department offers two B.A. degrees (in English or Writing) and three minors (English, Writing, and Creative Writing). These programs of study offer a unique opportunity for students to explore literature, rhetoric, and writing—whether in traditional or digital forms. Faculty in the English department are highly interdisciplinary, often teaching hybrid combinations of these areas, but also innovating with new courses that explore new questions and methods, such as in the digital humanities and courses focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Our graduate programs offer two forms of M.A. in English programs (one that is accelerated, one that is a more traditional program). We also offer two different Ph.D. programs—one in English (which includes American and/or British Literature) and one in 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 across disciplines, serving as university leaders in many other interdisciplinary areas such as Women and Gender Studies, Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies, Digital Culture and Data Analytics, the Honors College, and more.

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 unpredictable directions for occupations that do not exist yet. 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. No matter what the future holds, students will succeed by building on a bedrock of skills borne out of the liberal arts.

Joddy Murray, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of English