Skills in Demand

With an English degree, you can do just about anything. An education in English enables you to read closely and critically, to think analytically, to write and communicate, to weigh values, and to understand different peoples and cultures.

All of these skills are highly sought after by employers, making English one of the most versatile and desirable degrees you can earn.

Flexible & Personalized

Our graduate programs strike a crucial balance by combining a generalist vision with a flexible accommodation of individual interests. We create a graduate community where scholarly, creative, pedagogic, and outreach or activist endeavors can flourish.

Our graduate students also take significant part in academic and community endeavors, working at the forefront of local, regional, and national events.


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Department of English

The Department of English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is an engaging and stimulating place to study and teach. Ours is a congenial and accessible faculty, and our students, at every level from first year students to Ph.D. candidates, enjoy a similar camaraderie as they explore with us the many dimensions of language and literature.

Though the study of English at UL Lafayette dates from the University’s beginnings over one hundred years ago, the Department of English now reflects the diversity, vitality, and rich tradition of today’s studies in languages and literatures. Our faculty have varied interests, ranging from literature to linguistics, folklore to film, creative writing to culture studies, rhetoric to Renaissance art. We prize wide-ranging inquiries, as they signal minds alive to the intellectual ventures of the present as well as the past. We are ready for your to join us on our adventures!

Our department offers programs of study both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The bachelor of arts program is flexible in design. Students are given wide latitude to choose their major area courses. Of the eight upper-level courses required in the curriculum, only one (in Shakespeare) is specified. Additionally, with up to a fifth of the courses in the curriculum slotted as electives, students can tailor their undergraduate degree programs to their own personal or career interests: graduate study, law, business, journalism, creative writing, etc.

At the graduate level, the Department of English offers both the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Though our goal is to produce literary generalists, the program does allow students at both the M.A. and Ph.D. level to concentrate in literature, rhetoric, folklore, linguistics, or creative writing.

We hope that exploring this site will introduce you to our faculty and students, our activities and goals, and our curricula and programs. Should you have additional questions not answered here, please contact, or any one of the faculty in the Department.