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Mary Ellen Miller Memorial Celebration

  • Location: J.C. Kirby & Son Lovers Lane Chapel
  • Time: 12:00pm
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PW Recent Graduates Alumni Panel

  • Location: CH 102
  • Time: 1:50pm
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English Department News and Events

Benjamin Gilman Scholarship

Hannah Good Receives YAC Scholarship


English Major Hannah Good is the first recipient of the Young Alumni Council's scholarship. Congratualtions, Hannah!
Mary Ellen Miller

WKU's longest-serving professor, Mary Ellen Miller, dies

Mary Ellen Miller, WKU’s longest serving professor, died on Saturday, June 9, after a fall two weeks ago.
Benjamin Gilman Scholarship

English Majors Receive Gilman Scholarships

English Majors, Jeremy McFarland and Lillian Golden both received the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship to study abroad. Jeremy will study in China and Lillian will study in Costa Rica.


Dr. Langdon

Dr. Langdon Publishes New Book

Animal Languages in the Middle Ages

A look at the medieval representations of interspecies communications. Order a copy!

Dr. Bell's New Novel

Dr. Bell Publishing New Novel

Somebody's Daughter

Set to release July 10. Preorder a copy!

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Why English?

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



 English Majors and Concentrations

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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.


Next-Step Opportunities


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. 


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


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