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! 

For the latest at our department, please visit us at


 Facebook and Twitter 



Dr. Don Gagnon, Professor of English, is the inaugural recipient of the Provost's Award for Teaching. Congratulations!


English Department Alum Named a Fulbright Student!

Laura Debuire, an exchange student from France who took courses with Dr. Donald Gagnon and Dr. Shouhua Qi spring 2015, has just been named a Fulbright student at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon (August 2017-May 2018).  Congratulations, Laura! We are so proud of what you have accomplished!

Honors Convocation Honorees 2016-2017  

Undergraduate Awards:

Leah Donohue, winner of the John Tufts Prize.

Kristen Hinz, winner of the John Eichrodt Prize.

Graduate Awards

Leah Begg, winner of the Most Promising Scholar and the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant awards.

Emily Carney, winner of the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant award.

Danielle King, winner of Best Research Paper of the Year.

See photos at "Gallery" and our "Facebook" account.

WCSU Weather Information

Current Conditions in Danbury

Current Conditions

55.1° F
Feels like N/A°

Wind: 7MPH from the S
Humidity: N/A%
Pressure: 30 in.
Dew Point: N/A° F

Emergency / Weather Alert Information

The Emergency / Weather Alert will be posted on the WCSU home page any time an emergency or bad weather causes a delay, cancellation or early closing of the university.

Weather Alert Example

 Visit the Emergency / Weather Alert page

Greater Danbury 5-Day Forecast

Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Slight chance for a morning shower, partly sunny and pleasant.
Partly sunny and pleasant.
Mostly cloudy, chance for some showers.
Chance for morning rain then some afternoon sunshine.
Mostly sunny and mild.
36° / 59° 34° / 56° 36° / 43° 39° / 54° 33° / 54°