Department of English

Providing students with the development, critical skills and experiential learning opportunities to prepare for fulfilling careers

The Department of English is committed to providing students with a dynamic, hands-on education that focuses on project-based learning experiences that prepare students for a wide variety of professional careers in areas including publishing, journalism, public relations, advocacy, and marketing. Nationally recognized authors and writers make up our faculty and lead students in the study of literary forms and the development of critical analysis and skills, creativity, and cultural literacy. The English Department faculty keep their doors open and strongly believe in individual development and advisement.

Experiential learning opportunities include the Roger Williams University-sponsored literary magazine Mount Hope, fellowships in the Roger Williams University Writing Center, presentations at renowned national conferences, internships, projects with the Community Partnerships Center, and the SAR Advocacy "living course", an international advocacy effort that has led to the release of writers imprisoned and persecuted for their work.

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English Literary Studies

Reading, writing, analyzing and researching to change the world.

English Literary Studies
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Secondary Education (English Major)

The Secondary Education program prepares effective high school teachers that excel in helping students learn and grow. 

Secondary Education (English Major)
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Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies peers beneath the surface of the pop culture you consume, the music you listen to, the clothes you buy, the​​ foods you eat, the places you visit, the speeches you hear, the things you read, and the art you see. We invite you to examine​​​​ impact of identity on American culture.

Cultural Studies Minor
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Faculty and Staff

Meet the faculty and staff that make up our English and Cultural Studies programs.

Faculty and Staff
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Discovering Voice in Writing

Samantha Duncan, RWU Class of 2013
English Literary Studies

Being a writer doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself to only writing fiction or poems. Just ask Samantha Duncan.

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