The Degree
Bradley’s Department of English offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Arts in English. The purpose of the program is to develop graduates’ skills for creative, academic, or professional purposes; to strengthen students’ critical thinking and research skills; to increase students’ knowledge and appreciation of the literature of diverse periods and cultures; and to broaden students' understanding of and facility with language.

Some of the specialized interests of Bradley’s English faculty include:

  • screenwriting
  • the myths of the West
  • literary criticism and theory
  • American Indian literature
  • trauma experiences in literature
  • African American writers
  • Irish women writers

The Illinois Poet Laureate, Dr. Kevin Stein, is actively involved in teaching undergraduates. Students also have opportunities for internships in writing and publishing.

Opportunities at Bradley
Outside of the classroom, Bradley English majors enjoy many cocurricular and cooperative learning experiences through organizations including:

  • Sigma Tau Delta, an international English honor society
  • The Scout, Bradley’s weekly student-produced newspaper
  • Broadside, Bradley’s student-run literary arts magazine

The department also sponsors three writing competitions, awarded annually:

  • the James Ballowe Prize (creative non-fiction)
  • the Academy of Poets Prize
  • the Chester Sipple Poetry Award

The English Department sponsors a Visiting Writers Series which brings to campus both emerging and established writers such as:

  • John Updike
  • Rita Dove
  • Robert Coover
  • Yusef Komunyakaa
  • Philip Levine

All of whom meet with students and host workshops in addition to the public reading of their work.

Students can take advantage of numerous study abroad or travel programs. Recent faculty-led expedition courses include:

  • Travel Writing in London
  • The Literature and Culture of the Mississippi River
  • Living and Working in a Navajo Reservation

Beyond Bradley
Bradley English graduates enjoy an excellent placement rate. English majors are well prepared for graduate schools and a variety of careers, including:

  • teaching
  • publishing
  • law
  • medicine
  • library science
  • creative writing
  • insurance
  • government
  • business
  • non-profits