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Poet John Donne, Live at the Hunt Library ... Almost
John Donne, one of England's most famous poets and priests, delivered his "Gunpowder Day" sermon on November 5, 1622, at London's St. Paul's Cathedral. [...]
Linguistics Project the Talk of the Fair
If you speak one of the diverse dialects of North Cackalacky, you'll feel right at home visiting Walt Wolfram's display at the State Fair this month. Speak nicely and you may even get a button, courtesy of the North Carolina Language and Life Project. [...]
What the Dog Knows
Cat Warren, an associate professor of journalism in the Department of English, teaches science writing, editing and reporting. In a completely different role, and working alongside the cadaver dog she trained, Warren also helps law enforcement officials search for missing and presumed-dead people. [...]
Here's My Degree -- Where's My Job?
Classes are just starting up at NC State. As freshmen find their way to obscure classrooms (where's Caldwell G108, anyway?) and other students tweak their schedules for a perfect fit, at the back of everyone's mind lurks the question: What am I going to do with the rest of my life? [...]

Welcome to NC State's Department of English!

A mastery of English is often the key to success in every profession that requires communication, compassion, and understanding among human beings. Many famous people started out as English majors, and our own NC State English majors have gone on to successful careers in public relations, technical and corporate communication, law, teaching, editing, creative writing, sales and marketing, journalism, and more.

Engage in an education that will excite your senses to many possibilities in the Department of English at North Carolina State University.

"NCSU was an ideal graduate school experience for me. Many of my professors were passionate and attentive. In fact, I credit two of those professors in particular for giving me the foundation I needed to be where I am now--a full time writer with multiple NYT Times and internationally bestselling novels."

Melissa Marr, author of the WICKED LOVELY series for young adults and GRAVEMINDER for the adult market                                                                                                                                                       

Quote of the Week: February 16, 2015

"A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they use them with care, with thought, with fear, with delight. By using words well they strengthen their souls. Story-tellers and poets spend their lives learning that skill and art of using words well. And their words make the souls of their readers stronger, brighter, deeper."

                                                                - Ursula Le Guin

Read previous quotes here.

Calendar Events

April 15, 2015

Coffee Chat: Brown Bag Lunch with the Dean

12:00 PM | Caldwell Lounge
April 21, 2015

Faculty Awards Reception

4:30 PM | Caldwell Lounge
April 28, 2015

Spring 2015 Faculty Meeting

12:00 PM | Winston 029

NCSU Department of English: Mission Statement

The English Department at NC State University believes that training students to be literate, in the broadest sense, is an essential mission of a land-grant university. We define literacy as a whole range of abilities, from dexterity with the nuts and bolts of grammar to familiarity with American, British, and world literary traditions; from mastery of rhetorical techniques of persuasion to competence in journalistic writing; from writing and reading html code to interpreting the visual logic of movies and the socio-scientific meanings of medical texts. A rigorous evaluative system based on regular reviews of the teaching effectiveness of tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure track faculty alike insures that the Department lives up to its mission of helping NC State students make the transition from the literacies of the past to the new, ever-changing literacies of the present and future. In turn, by teaching students to be fluent in many kinds of communicative practices—oral, written, and digital—our Department affords crucial educational opportunities to NC State’s students.

Writing Resources: 

Visit and scroll to the bottom for a list of on-campus writing resources for graduate students.