Department of English

The English Department offers a dynamic study of literature across historical periods, geographical boundaries and diverse political and social contexts.

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In the News

  • Cropper Series for 2017-2018 Announced!

    // July 17, 2017

    The Cropper Center for Creative Writing is pleased to announce its Lindsay J. Cropper Memorial Writers Series for 2017-2018!…

  • Sr. Betsy Walsh Departs USD

    // May 22, 2017

    With profound respect and deep gratitude, we wish Sr. Betsy Walsh farewell and bon voyage as she moves to northern California to j…

  • English Major Seniors Honored

    // May 9, 2017

    At the annual Honors Convocation held on May 2, 2017, several English major seniors were honored with special English Department awards.&nbs…

  • Dennis Clausen Receives Cygnus Book Award

    // April 17, 2017

    Dr. Dennis Clausen’s (Professor, English Dept.) novel The Accountant’s Apprentice received the “First Place” honor i…

  • English Scholarship Awardees Named

    // April 17, 2017

    Congratulations to our English scholarship awardees! Our scholarships and awardees are: Bruce Alexander Scholarship: Emily Bezold Dan…

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Why Choose English at USD?

Close-Knit Community

Students build deep and lasting connections with their faculty and fellow students. The support and respect each student receives fosters a community that is committed to academic excellence, scholarly inquiry and mutual respect among colleagues. Browse the English Department Newsletter, and visit us in Founders Hall, Room 174.

Additional Programs and Special Presentations

The English department offers exciting addition programming, such as the opportunity to tutor in the Writing Center and Southeast San Diego Tutoring Project. Special programming includes  our Honors society, Sigma Tau Delta, career workshops, student readings, and special lectures, including Joanne T. Dempsey Memorial Lecture series.

Creative Writing

Led by our award winning creative writing faculty, our creative writing concentration offers genre specialties in poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction.  Foundational to our creative writing program is the Lindsay J. Cropper Creative Writing Center, which sponsors the annual Lindsay J. Cropper Memorial Writers Series and our online literary journal, The Alcalá Review.

Research and Study Abroad Opportunities

Students are encouraged to further their learning through research and experiential learning opportunities. Whether the experience takes the form of attending plays at Britain's National Theatre, participating in our senior research class, Senior Project, or working with the Digital Humanities Tudor Plays project, students augment their coursework and bolster their resumes/portfolios with "real-life" experiences.