NC State’s Department of English is among the largest on campus. Our outstanding faculty will guide and mentor you as you open new doors into modern and classic literature, poetry, film studies, creative and professional writing, journalism … Find your passions – and the means to express them – right here.
Explore the Options
We offer five undergraduate concentrations for students pursing a degree in English, eight minors that can enhance your undergraduate education and three graduate courses of study.
Our Faculty are World Leaders
Our faculty are distinguished leaders in their fields. Take Walt Wolfram: he’s one of this country’s very top experts in dialects, and he’s produced fascinating research into how our accents in the South and across the nation continue to evolve. Meanwhile, John Wall is setting the bar in the world of digital humanities through his time-traveling recreation of 17th century poet John Donne’s well-known sermon delivered at St. Paul’s in London. Award-winning science fiction writer and critic John Kessel has seen one of his stories adapted for the screen in the ABC sci fi series Masters of Science Fiction. And Carolyn Miller? She’s known as a pioneer, having launched the entirely new academic field of rhetorical genre studies.
Wilton Barnhardt’s Latest Novel: Lookaway, Lookaway
The New York Times Book Review has given Wilton Barnhardt’s latest novel a big thumbs up, as have many regional and national reviewers. Lookaway, Lookaway focuses on a Southern matriarch who’s trying to preserve her family’s name and legacy. Barnhardt teaches creative writing at NC State.
Online Tool Aims to Help Researchers Sift Through 15 Centuries of Data
Digital humanities scholar Tim Stinson and other researchers from NC State and Texas A&M University have launched a powerful new system to help researchers more quickly and accurately sift through hundreds of thousands of archives and articles related to materials dating from 450 A.D. to the 20th century. The big new tool? BigDIVA.
Our students excel in the classroom and far beyond. Even our undergraduates participate in research. They also write – and often publish – poetry, plays, short stories and other works of fiction and nonfiction. They make movies. They go after internships with businesses, nonprofits and government groups. They study abroad, exploring – to paraphrase Shakespeare – a brave new world, that has such people in’t.
Undergraduate research highlights student’s interest in linguistic diversity
Growing up in eastern North Carolina, Jessica Hatcher’s ear became attuned to a range of dialects. Once she discovered NC State's linguistics program, this stellar young researcher has made the most of her opportunities to study how people talk.
Study Abroad Combines Passion for Writing and the Environment
Rebecca Nagy, studied abroad in Namibia to explore her interests in both writing and conservation. She hiked to the top of sand dunes in the world's oldest desert, kayaked alongside cape fur seals and dolphins, and sat ten feet from a herd of desert elephants.
Alumni Who Think And Do
What can you do with a degree in English? Anything you want, as our dean, Jeff Braden, is fond of saying. Just look to our alumni for proof. They’re doctors, journalists, lawyers, editors, entrepreneurs, writers, publishers, producers, business owners … and more.
Meet Some of Our Amazing Alumni
Distinguished Alumna Vivian Howard Finds Recipe for Success
Along with being a very fine chef, Vivian Howard (English, '00) is a restaurateur, TV star, writer and ambassador of Southern culture and cuisine.