Department of English at Illinois State University

What is English Studies?

In English Studies multiple and interdisciplinary perspectives are used to examine and produce texts for audiences communicating in English: how do cultures shape language and how does language shape culture; how do intersections of cultures affect communication across borders; what forms can we create to connect and enter into dialogue with each other? Children's Literature, Creative Writing, English Education, Linguistics, Literary and Cultural Studies, Publishing Studies, Rhetoric and Writing (including New Media Studies, Professional Writing and Rhetorics, Rhetoric and Composition,and Teaching Writing), and TESOL offer our community of students and researchers the means of examining how we teach, learn, and understand ourselves and others through the stories we tell and the ways in which we tell them.