Welcome to the Department of English

The study of English is central to a liberal arts education. The English Department at Western Connecticut State University is dedicated to providing students with a high-quality education in English language and literature. Our curriculum is designed to stimulate student curiosity and to reward critical engagement.

Our academic programs prepare students to enter fields where knowledge of texts, historical contexts, written and oral communication, and the powers of analysis and critical thinking are vital. While many of our students find themselves well-prepared to teach English in elementary and secondary schools and to pursue graduate study in English, the English major will help prepare students for success in any field, such as law, publishing, marketing, and advertising. English is indeed the degree for life.

Our website contains information about the department�s undergraduate and graduate degree programs, our courses, the faculty, and resources for students. If you need additional information, please don�t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!


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A New Online Literature and Art Magazine

The Second Issue (May 2009) Available

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 The English Society will be attending A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway! We have tickets for the 7 pm show on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014. Dezel Washingston stars!

Many thanks to Dr. Gagnon, the English Department, and the Dean of Arts for funding this important event.  

WCSU English Faculty Lecture Series presents the Spring 2014 Lecture:

�THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD�: Rhetorical Redlining and Co-opting Blackness in Bruce Norris� Clybourne Park

Dr. Don Gagnon

Department Chair/Associate Professor

Thursday, April 24

3:30 p.m.

Higgins Hall 202

Refreshments and Righteous Outrage Served (click here for the event flyer)



Students in the spotlight

Chris Bolster, an MA in English student, is being spotlighted by the university for his outstanding achievement and promise. Congrats, Chris! Congrats to all of our students graduating this year, both undergraduate and graduate students!

Check out Chris’ hilarious piece published by the Hartford Courant titled “Let's Switch Christmas and Valentine's Day” (January 11, 2012)

Jason Burgher, a graduate of the BA in English program (2009), has been accepted by Teach For America, “the national corps of outstanding college graduates of all academic majors who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and who become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity.” Congrats, Jason!

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