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 Calendar of Events

English Club Meeting

  • Location: Cherry Hall, Room 124
  • Time: 4:30pm
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Message in a Bottle Writing Club Meeting

  • Location: CH 018
  • Time: 5:30pm
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49th Annual WKU Student Research Conference

  • Time: All Day
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English Department News and Events

Why English?

Why English?


You have a passion for English, whether it's reading, writing, or teaching. Now learn why you should study it!
MEJWM Celebration of Writing 2018

Winners of the Mary Ellen & Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing 2018

Congratulations to the three winners of the 2018 MEJWM Celebration of Writing Poetry Contest!


1st - Casey Child 

2nd - Emily Houston

3rd - Elizabeth Crowe

Why English?

Robert Penn Warren Documentary 

Robert Penn Warren: A Vision premiered on Monday, October 22, in Van Meter Hall. If you couldn't make it, don't worry! Click to learn when you can watch it on KET.


Dr. Langdon

2018 Edition of Zephyrus is here!


The newest editions of Zephyrus have arrived! Drop by the English Office and grab your free copy today.
Hope Never Dies Book Reading

Undergraduate Conference on Friday, Nov. 16

Come to the Undergraduate Conference on Language, Literature, and Culture to hear presentations and essays from fellow students!
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Dr. Gillian Knoll: Latest Faculty Profile

Read our latest faculty profile on Dr. Gillian Knoll! Or check it out on display, next to Cherry Hall Room 102.



 Undergraduate English Programs

Creative Writing

Creative Writing Major and Minor

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Profressional Writing

Professional Writing Major and Minor

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Literature Major and Minor

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English for Secondary Teachers Major

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English Minor


Teaching English as a Second Language Minor


Film Minor



Get Involved!

Clubs and Organizations


The WKU English Club is a student run organization open to new members and new ideas. You don't even have to be an English major to join, only share our passion for literature, writing, and the humanities.
WKU's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta: The International English Honor Society, Pi Iota, has been an active part of our Department of English for nearly half a century. Its purpose is to recognize high student achievement in the study of English language and literature.

The WKU Professional Writing Club is a great place to learn more about possible careers, as well as how to better prepare for and handle job-searching. Connect with others who share your goals and learn more about future and immediate opportunities in your field!

Please contact Dr. Jones with any questions.

WKU Film Club is an organization for students with a passion, appreciation, or interest in film.

For more information, contact Dr. Ted Hovet, sponsor.




The internship program provides students with the opportunity to complete semester-long internships for academic credit. These internships extend students' classroom experiences by giving them chances not only to apply their academic knowledge but also to learn new workplace skills.

To encourage active learning, the department supports students to study abroad at conferences and other academic events or excursions. Sometimes these are class activities, such as field trips or play attendance, but we also encourage individuals to submit papers written for their English classes to appropriate conferences.

Study away encourages students to take courses in other states as well as over seas. 

The Writing Center offers individual conferences about writing with our staff of English majors and graduate students. Their services are available to all Western Kentucky University students.


Get Published!


Zephyrus is the fine arts magazine published annually by the English department. It features art, poetry, and short stories created and written by students. University Archives holds the full run of this magazine which first appeared in 1969, and all issues are published in electronic form on TopScholar. Originals are available for researchers in University Archives UA68/6/1.

Contact: Dr. David LeNoir


The Ashen Egg is an annual journal publishing analytical essays on literature, rhetoric, linguistics, film, and popular culture. Any current WKU undergraduate student may submit scholarly work to The Ashen Egg. Submissions must be endorsed by a WKU English faculty member confirming that the submission is a piece produced for one of the faculty member's courses and that it is worthy for publication.

Contact: Dr. Alison Langdon


The Talisman is a semi-annual, student lifestyle magazine and an ever-changing website that evolved out of the annual WKU yearbook. To learn more about publishing for the Talisman, click here.




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 Last Modified 11/16/18