The Department of English prepares students for careers that require communication skills, cultural breadth, strong writing and research skills, and an ability to analyze and produce written material.

The department develops students’ ability to read with comprehension, insight and appreciation; write with competence, grace and authority; speak with clarity and confidence; and understand literature and literary history, in both academic and practical settings.

The department is supported by the student club Franklin Literary Society, for those interested in the study, appreciation, and creation of literature; the Wooden Tooth Review, a magazine edited by and featuring creative work by W&J students; and a chapter of the English honor society Sigma Tau Delta.

An English major requires 10 courses and a minor requires six. A Professional Writing minor and concentration also is offered. Students may also seek Secondary or Upper Elementary Education Certification in English/Language Arts. Additional course information is available in the W&J College Catalog.

Graduate School

Dr. Linda Troost has prepared a document for those interested in going to Graduate School for English. She gives advice on getting a Master's Degree, a Doctoral Degree and how to improve your chances of getting in and succeeding.

Additional Resources

English Department Brochure



English Department Celebrate Shakespeare's 450th Birthday

English Department Celebrate Shakespeare's 450th Birthday
April 21, 2014

The English Department is holding an open house in Davis Hall on April 23 to celebrate the 450th birthday of playwright William Shakespeare. 

Poetry Reading by Author, Director of International Poetry Forum, to be Held at W&J October 17

Poetry Reading by Author, Director of International Poetry Forum, to be Held at W&J October 17
October 15, 2013

WASHINGTON, PA (October 15, 2013)—Samuel Hazo, the author of numerous books of poetry, fiction, essays and plays, and McAnulty Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Duquesne University, where he has taught for 43 years, will host a public poetry reading Thursday, Oct. 17,  at 7:30 p.m. in room 114 of the Howard J. Burnett Center.

Hazo is the founder and director of the International Poetry Forum in Pittsburgh. His books include “Like a Man Gone Mad: Poems in a New Century,” and “The Stroke of a Pen, a Collection of Essays.”

He has received 12 honorary doctorates and was recently honored with the Griffin Award for Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame, his alma mater. A National Book Award finalist, Hazo was chosen the first state poet of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by Gov. Robert Casey in 1993, and he served until 2003.

The event, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the W&J Humanities Fund, and the W&J English Department, is free and open to the public.




Jennifer Harding, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English; Coordinator of the Professional Writing Program

Carolyn Kyler, Ph.D.
Professor of English; Director of Gender and Women's Studies

Lauryn S. Mayer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English

Dana J. Shiller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Department Chair of English

Tara Robbins Fee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English

Kathleen A. McEvoy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English

Linda L. Troost, Ph.D.
Professor of English

Andrew A. Mulvania, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English

Richard F. Easton, M.A.
Professor Emeritus, Director of Conflict and Resolution Studies Concentration

Annette Drew-Bear, Ph.D.
Professor of English

Todd Verdun, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English

Arlan E. Hess, M.F.A.
Instructor of English

Course Requirements