Welcome to the English Department

Morgan Hall

As a department, we are dedicated to your success. The small size of our classes ensures a student/faculty ratio that allows for individual attention, mentorship, and customized assistance according to our students’ diverse needs and aspirations. We offer a wide variety of courses taught by faculty who are active scholars and writers with terminal degrees in their areas of expertise, and who bring their research to the classroom and encourage student involvement. We believe that Washburn University provides an excellent environment for student success and many enrichment opportunities beyond the classroom.


At Washburn University’s English Department, we make it our mission to provide our students with critical reading and writing skills for their personal and professional futures, and to serve the larger community through excellence in teaching, innovative scholarship, and creative work. 

Our Department caters to the needs and professional goals of three different groups of students:

  • Those taking English to satisfy the University’s writing requirement. For more information, please visit the Composition page.

  • Those taking English to satisfy general education Humanities requirements.

  • Those taking English to satisfy major requirements in one of three undergraduate emphases: English with a Literature Emphasis, English with a Writing Emphasis, or English Education.

We encourage you to explore the many opportunities for academic and professional development that our Department offers and look forward to working with you. 

For more information, please consult our mission statement and student learning outcomes pages.

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Student Success
NULC 2014

“I often think back fondly of my time at Washburn and of the truly wonderful professors with whom I interacted … I consider my English training as an Ichabod to be a gift in my life.” -- Christian Goering, class of 2000

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Faculty Accomplishments

For a list of selected accomplishments of faculty from Washburn's English Department, please follow the link below.

Faculty Accomplishments