About Us

The English Department offers programs in literature, language and writing leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in English. A variety of learning experiences enables students to reach their personal and intellectual potential. Classes are small so that students can interact with each other and their professors. The Department sponsors a Visiting Writer series, a literary magazine, two annual poetry contests, and the DeGise Professional Writing Competition. It also sponsors a chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honorary society.

Our Department Mission

The historical legacy of the Department of English was established when Literature, Industry, and Science were inscribed on the Bradley University seal in 1897. The department, guided by Lydia Moss Bradley's founding commitment to "ethical and useful learning," supports faculty in sustained renewal and growth in our fields of study. Our students develop thoughtful, creative and ethical solutions to problems. They do so by applying a variety of critical, analytical, aesthetic, and theoretical approaches to the study of language, writing, and literature with faculty who encourage discussion of a range of ideas and interpretations. The Department of English thus educates our students in humane skills vital for leadership and innovation in a global society.


Courses in the English and English-teaching majors, minors, graduate program, and the general education curriculum

  • develop student writing skills in English for academic, creative, and professional purposes;
  • strengthen student critical thinking and research skills;
  • broaden student knowledge of and facility with the English language;
  • increase student understanding and appreciation of literatures in English and English translation, literatures that represent diverse times, places, cultures, and peoples; and,
  • prepare students for success in a wide array of fields and professions.


To achieve these ends, English Department faculty engage with students not only in the classroom, but in applied and experiential learning opportunities, including internships, collaborative research projects, independent study courses, student research colloquia, department-sponsored writing competitions and publications, and co-curricular programs and events. The department supports faculty's growth as teachers, scholars, writers, and members of the community. In turn, faculty guide students' successful development as professionals, responsible citizens, and lifelong learners.