Department of English and Modern Languages

Join a Nationally Ranked Program.

Our department offers majors in English on campus and in English online, ranked #6 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. We also offer minors in English and Spanish, and a professionalized M.A. in English with two concentrations: Digital Publishing and Digital Pedagogy.

Meet Raven Wilson, an English major doing big things for the UIS community:

What’s New:

  • Our very own Dr. Meagan Cass has won the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences teaching award for 2015-16. Congratulations! Dr. Cass teaches creative writing at the undergraduate and graduate levels in addition to being the faculty advisor for The Alchemist Review and Uproot, our two UIS-based literary journals.
  • The new Shakespeare Garden was unveiled on campus September 29, 2016. Read more about it here.
  • Our newly designed M.A. with two distinct concentrations is entering its second year. Focus on Creative Writing and Digital Publishing or Digital Pedagogy. Read more about it here or meet the students.
  • The Shelterbelt Creative Writing and Publishing Series is currently working to launch a press. For more information, see their Facebook page.
  • Our website has been recently updated. Look around and see what’s new.

Upcoming Events:

  • October 31: “All Hallow’s Read” (Halloween poetry & fiction reading on the 2nd floor of UHB from 8-9pm)
  • November 10: Visit Writer Lily Hoang (Shelterbelt Reading Series)
  • For more events, please see our events calendar
Student Bobby Bolt presents his work
Student Bobby Bolt presents his work

The UIS English and Modern Languages Department offers:

Best Colleges, National Universities, 2016

Undergraduate students discuss presentations
Undergraduate students discuss presentations

New Addition to Campus: The Shakespeare Garden

UIS unveiled the Shakespeare Garden on September 29, 2016, marking the 400th anniversary of the poet and playwright’s death. The garden features a life-size bronze sculpture of Shakespeare on a bench admiring his surroundings. Located in the Patton Park area of campus, the garden is just north of Brookens Library. Read more about the unveiling, or see more pictures.

Dr. Tena Helton speaks at the unveiling
Dr. Tena Helton speaks at the unveiling
English students unveil the Shakespeare sculpture
English students unveil the Shakespeare sculpture
Students and faculty enjoying the Shakespeare Garden
Students and faculty enjoying the Shakespeare Garden

To learn more about our department, our mission, and what we offer our students, check out our About section.