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Advertising poster for the Lois Lenski Children's Literature Lecture featuring Dr. Roberta Seelinger Trites on March 29, 2021. Contact Dr. Jan Susina for more information.

2021 Lenski Lecture to feature ISU's Dr. Trites

Everyone is welcome to attend the 2021 Lois Lenski Children's Literature Lecture presented free via Zoom this year. Dr. Roberta Seeling Trites will present at 7pm on Monday, March 29,...

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Student leaders shine on English Major Advisory Board

Members of the recently established English Major Advisory Board serve the department by contributing their perspectives on the major and making suggestions for its revision. Members in the photo (l-r):...

Book 'We find Ourselves in Other People's Stories' laying flat on a table.
Front Cover of book, Mimola or the story of a casket.
Front cover of book, Reform and Literacy Education.
Picture of student Naudia Williams.

Illinois State student Naudia Williams named America’s Best College Poet

English Education major Eliana Ladas

Ladas awarded Undergraduate Research Support Program grant.

English education major Eliana Ladas was awarded a highly competitive Undergraduate Research Support Program grant for a summer 2020 research project with Dr. Danielle Lillge. Her project was entitled “Critical...

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The Publications Unit

Downstate Legacies, FC2, Obsidian, and more! The Publications Unit with the Department of English provides professional & hands-on experience for students in the program!

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Diversity & Inclusion

The Department of English prides itself on a commitment to diversity and inclusion in its students, professors, and curriculum.

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Quotes from Students

Dylan Maroney, Junior, English

The best thing that I’ve experienced in the Illinois State University English Department is the compassion that the faculty have for their students. Whether it be offering scholarly assistance, giving advice on getting a job or internship, or providing a guiding hand, they help ensure the current and future success of their students.

Alexa Parker, Junior, English & Anthropology

Being in Illinois State University’s English Studies program has been amazing. There are so many course offerings to explore and so many new interests to discover. The vast range of courses has really benefited me, as I am a double major, and thus I can better tailor my academic experience to fit my unique plan.

Mason McCoy, Senior, Publishing

Coming out of high school unsure about what I wanted to do, I find myself picking up skills that make me a more marketable professional and will help me find a job in whatever field I decide to make a career in.