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English Department Meeting

  • Location: CH 121
  • Time: 3:00pm
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2nd Annual English Department Essay Contest

  • Time: 4:30pm
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Head for the Hill

  • Location: Preston Center
  • Time: 12:00pm
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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!
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2nd Annual WKU English Department Essay Contest


The WKU English Department is excited to announce our second annual essay contest! Students can enter essays in three different categories: composition, creative writing, and literature. Read all about it!




Read the Online Version of the Talisman

Check out the online version of the Talisman and read pieces by English majors Hannah Good ("Not Safe for Work"), Adrianna Waters ("MIsspoken"), and Delaney Holt ("Kust Keep Moving").


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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.
English Scholarships

English Scholarships

Apply for an English scholarship! The deadline for submissions is February 8, 2019. 



 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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