The University of Maryland’s Department of English is committed to championing change, innovation, diversity and flexibility in pursuit of higher education.
The department’s 50-plus tenure-track faculty are premiere in their fields, boasting a body of work that includes award-winning digital media, scholarly essays, novels, short stories and poetry. Our faculty are regular recipients of Guggenheim fellowships, Mellon Foundation grants, NEA awards, NEH fellowships, the Rome Prize, the Whiting Award and American Academy of Arts and Letters awards.
The department is an inclusive gathering place for undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and the public. Our Center for Literary and Comparative Studies and BookLab are hubs for scholarly inquiry and partnership with other campus programs and off-campus entities. English regularly hosts readings by poets and novelists; colloquium, symposia, guest lectures and national and international conferences featuring distinguished scholars; as well as discussion groups for students and alumni and play readings and performances. Our majors are encouraged to explore a range of careers through internships, such as with the Maryland General Assembly and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities. We have a robust alumni program, ensuring continuity between currently enrolled students and those who have gone on to successful careers in marketing, law, medicine, IT, and higher education.