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Welcome to the English Department

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Nearly every student at Iowa State University takes classes in the English department. Whatever your major, communication skills and critical thinking play a key role in your life as a student and in your life after graduation. Our award-winning faculty teach innovative classes that cover all aspects of communication, ranging from a monsters-themed English 250 to a course on constructed languages (e.g., Dothraki in Game of Thrones) all the way to our courses on creative writing, popular culture and science fiction. Our students go on to win national awards, such as the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing (Andie Dominick) and the 2010 National Teacher of the Year award (Sarah Brown Wessling).

Our degree programs offer both undergraduate and graduate students broad opportunities to study such fields as creative writing, linguistics, literature, English education, communication and rhetoric and to engage in hands-on research. Take a look at the course catalog or contact us at engldept@iastate.edu for more information. We are looking forward to seeing you in our classes! ”

Volker Hegelheimer
English Chair