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Students pursuing an English degree study the ways that words shape our world. Our programs focus on social justice and explore how written, visual, multimodal, and spoken texts reflect, imagine, and challenge a particular culture’s way of being human.

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The department provides students with an intellectual journey that prepares them well for critically engaged participation in our complex society—as well as rewarding careers.


The English program at Marian University connects your imagination to the world by cultivating critical literacy, creative thinking, clear expression, and empathy. You will study how literature and writing push against and contribute to culture and ideologies, interrogate and propose ways of structuring society, and influence understanding of our relationship with others and the world. Courses within the program approach English studies as an active social practice built upon understanding diverse perspectives, voices of resistance, and assertions of agency.

Writing Center
Schedule time with a peer tutor in Marian University's nationally recognized writing center

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Student led literary journal published every year

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Century Cycle Project
Join monthly WebEx events to learn about the 10 plays in August Wilson's Pittsburgh Series, representing black families and experience each decade of the 20th century

Flanner Community Writing Center
A public access writing support center open to all Central Indiana residents

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Department press committed to public literacy

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The Future is Ours to Write
Essay contest for Indiana high school students 9-12.

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Zine Events
Participate in community writing events in campus

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For Program Specifics

Rachel Brown, Ph.D.
Co-Chair, Department of English
Assistant Professor of English
(317) 955-6560

Marian Hall, Room 307C


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