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Department of English

Choose English and Write Your Own Future!

Choose English for a rewarding and challenging college experience that can lead to the career of your dreams. From study abroad to professional internships, we have the tools to help you succeed.

The English Department offers a bachelor degree, Masters Degree, MFA in Creative Writing, and PhDs. 

Explore our website to learn more about our program. 


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The Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities will host "Humanities on Tap," an evening of beer and conversation, Thursday, Sept.

MOCH Humanities on Tap poster21, at 6 p.m. at Hammer & Ale, 921 S. Cooper St. The Center's 2017 Freeburg Faculty Fellows will share their research with plenty of time for questions and discussion. MOCH will provide light snacks. Presenters include the English Department's own Carey Mickalites who will present "Allegories of the Present: Twentieth-Century History and Contemporary British Fiction."



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Don't miss the next River City Writers Series author event of the school year! Nonfiction Author Bob Cowser will be reading from his book Green Fields: Crime, Punishment, and a Boyhood Between on Monday, September, 25, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in UC Beale. Then catch an interview with the author on Tuesday, September 26, from 10 a.m. to noon in Patterson 456. Cowser will also be speaking later that evening (Sept. 26th) at 7 p.m. Wisdom Parlor on Lambuth Campus. Click here for more information.



Department of English News

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Undergraduate Creative Writing student, Melissa Moore, had one of her stories published in prestigious literary journal Adelaide. Read Melissa's story here



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John Conrad Schulze, Stephanie Anderson, and Lee Griffith, MFA graduates, conducted an interview with novelist Robert Stone which has been published by the University Press of Mississippi in a collection edited by William Heath. Robert Stone visited the University of Memphis as part of the River City Writers' Series in 2006-2007. Click here for more information about the published collection.



  • Congratulations to Dr. Donal Harris for the recent buzz about his new book On Company Time: American Modernism in the Big Magazines. He was recently interviewed by Columbia University Press and participated in The Page 99 Test, a blog that asks authors to read from page 99 of their book and say whether it's representative of the whole book.
  • Audible, the spoken audio entertainment company and division of Amazon, bought and produced several new stories by Cary Holladay, professor of English. The titles are "Operator," "Forty Seconds," "You Are Free, Go and Fight," "The Best Party Ever" and "The Army Disease." Professional actors perform the readings. The stories are available here. Congrats, Professor Holladay.

The English Department is announcing that the MFA program has temporarily stopped accepting applications for students who want to specialize in Creative Nonfiction. Because of a reduction in the number of tenured and tenure-track Creative Writing faculty members, the CW faculty felt it would be most beneficial to students going forward to focus our resources on Fiction and Poetry. We will continue to offer high quality Creative Nonfiction classes at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and all currently enrolled students will be able to finish their degree in Creative Nonfiction. We will simply not be recruiting MFA students who want to write a Creative Nonfiction thesis, until we can provide them with an adequate number of qualified faculty. For the Creative Writing Coordinator's letter to students on this matter, click here.

  • To see which courses the Department of English will be offering in the fall and summer, click here.
  • To learn about Department of English events, click here.
  • To visit the new MFA in Creative Writing site, click the image below.

MFA in Memphis