Dedicated to the intellectual curiosity, analytical dexterity, and creative thinking of its students, the English Department at CWRU fosters reading, writing, and media skills through a broad selection of seminars and research. Our classes combine the study of English and American literature, exploring the craft of poetry, Shakespearean drama, science fiction, the techniques of horror films, the rhetoric of medicine, and the dynamics of novels, plays, short stories, and creative non-fiction.

There is no better place to learn the art of communication. In addition to being a stand-alone major, English effectively complements many other disciplines and serves as excellent preparation for law school, medical school, and business school. Our smaller class sizes allow individual attention from professors who have published acclaimed books and won awards including the Fulbright, the Guggenheim, and the Pulitzer Prize.

The works we study challenge us with different values, ideas, and perspectives. We are committed to free and open debate in a context of tolerance and respect.

CWRU Department of English Statement on Black Lives Matter and Antiracism

Tim O’Brien English Scholarships for Unpaid Internships (Maximum: $2000) For English Majors who are participating in an unpaid internship at CWRU or elsewhere before August 31, 2020.
Tim O’Brien English Research Travel Support Fund (Maximum: $1000) For English Majors for travel awards relating to research for an English class (presenting a conference paper, conducting archival research for a capstone project, etc.)
For further details/application forms, go to: Tim O’Brien Scholarships for Unpaid Internships and Research Travel Support

Writers House Creates Community

Writers House puts writing on the map at Case Western Reserve University. Our historic building (Bellflower Hall, 11427 Bellflower Avenue) is both a gathering place for writers and a catalyst for our thriving culture of writing. Writers House embraces all forms of writing, reading, and creative expression; it supports...

Department of English Newsletter: June 2020

in this issue Writing Awards/Black Mountain College/Faculty Notes/What I Did for My Spring Semester/ Frederica Ward Memorial Scholarship/Alumni News Writing Faculty and Student Awards Announced The annual Writing Program Awards honor excellence in the teaching of writing. Our award ceremony, like all of our spring semester celebrations, has unfortunately been canceled,...

Department of English Newsletter: March 2020

in this issue Letter from the Chair/Shakespeare and Psychoanalytic Studies/Faculty Notes/The Rhetoric of Cookbooks/Alumni News Letter from the Chair Dear Friends of English, I hope everyone is doing well and adjusting to the upheaval created by COVID-19. I realize how difficult this period of uncertainty is and will continue to be in...

Department of English Newsletter: December 2019

in this issue Carl Phillips Award/Undocupoets Residency/Faculty Notes/Black Women Writing Cleveland/ Alumni News Carl Phillips Receives Alice Dunbar Nelson Award  Over fifty people attended the second annual Alice Dunbar Nelson Award Ceremony on September 27th, 2019, to honor the lifetime achievement of Professor Carl Phillips for his poetry—which he shared at...

Michael Clune is Named a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow

Michael Clune has been named a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow in the field of literary criticism. The Guggenheim foundation awards fellowships to scholars and artists to allow them to pursue research in any field and create in any of the arts "under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race,...