Mission Statement

The IU South Bend English department is committed to:

  • Excellent teaching of traditional and non-traditional students of all backgrounds in a robust, current, and relevant undergraduate major and MA program in literature and in writing
  • Highly regarded faculty research, scholarship, and creative endeavors
  • Academically rigorous general education courses and courses designed for other disciplines

Throughout its diverse course offerings, the department pays close attention to textual expression in all its forms and the English language in all its dimensions in order to foster:

  • Critical thinking and creative problem solving
  • Theoretical sophistication
  • Cross-cultural fluency and historical sensibility
  • Sound argumentation and analysis
  • Precise and elegant writing

Our faculty hold that development of these competencies, nurtured in the collaborative learning setting of the English classroom, not only helps to acculturate students into academic life but also furthers their growth into informed, engaged participants in a democracy and citizens of an information-saturated global society.