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Welcome to IU South Bend's Department of English

Our programs are designed to expand students' understanding and skills in English language and composition, written communication, and literature. These programs prepare students for a broad range of careers, especially those requiring analytical thinking and expression and the ability to read carefully and write clearly. In addition to education and media-related careers, the writing and analytical skills gained in English courses will enhance careers in business, law, and medicine.

We offer Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees, a Certificate in Professional Writing, as well as Minors in English, Creative Writing, and Film Studies. We also coordinate the First-Year Writing Program and English as a Second Language.

Our faculty includes award-winning teachers, active scholars, and engaged community members.

Our students go on to pursue successful careers, become published writers, or further their education in Ph.D. and M.F.A. programs (often a combination of all three!).

View our Mission Statement here.

Why get an English Major? Find out here.

Course offerings here

Course descriptions here

News and Events

2014 Analecta and Graduate Research Journal Released
Congratulations to Angie Rice, English Major and Analecta Editor, and to Steph Foreman, English M.A. Student and Graduate Research Journal Editor for their hard work and beautiful journals!


English Major Event: What can I do with a degree in English?

Held on Wednesday, April 9th in Wiekamp Hall 3001, guest speakers informed English majors of the endless career paths that an English major can offer domestically and internationally.

Guest speakers (left to right): Julie Elliot, Associate Librarian at the Schurz Library; Leah Zimmer, Director of The Language Company; and Mitch Robinson, recent graduate, currently teaching English in Korea.

Student Writing Awards in Honor of Lester Wolfson
 Poetry Reading by Martín Espada

Join us for a celebration of our Student Writing Awards in Honor of Lester Wolfson
and the release of the 2014 ANALECTA

The Department of English at IU-South Bend

Martín Espada
Wiekamp Hall Auditorium 1001
April 12th
7:00 p.m.

Martín Espada has published eight books of
poetry, including Imagine the Angels of Bread,
winner of an American Book Award, and
Alabanza: New and Selected Poems 1982-2002,
which received the Paterson Award for Sustained
Literary Achievement.
Espada is a professor in the English Department
at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst,
where he teaches creative writing.

This event is co-sponsored by the IU Labor Studies Program,
IUSB’s Civil Rights Heritage Center, and the University of
Notre Dame Department of English.


Congratulations to the 2014 Writing Award winners:
Grad award: 
(74) Building Homes upon Remains
Cody Miller                                        

1st place: (95) I never meant to cause you any pain
Lukas Burkett            
Runner-up: (70) Hera's Husband
Courtney Sniadecki                           

1st place: (101) Homegrown
Samantha Hunsberger                        

Runner-up: (108) On the Pancake
Brian Miller                                        

1st place: (233) Scandalizing the Librarians
Joe Eggleston 
Runner-up: (186) Untitled #58
Nick Wort      

Prof. Rebecca Brittenham was awarded the IU South Bend Distinguished Teaching Award and featured at Inside IU. For more news and events click here.

Contact Us

English Department Office
Savanna Annis, Department Secretary
Wiekamp Hall, Room DW3127
(574) 520-4304

English Department Chair
Robert Meyer-Lee
Wiekamp Hall, Room DW3163
(574) 520-4275

Mailing Address:
Department of English
Indiana University South Bend
1700 Mishawaka Avenue
South Bend, IN 46634-7111

Fax: (574) 520-4538