Department of English and Modern Languages
The UIS Department of English and Modern Languages offers majors in English on campus and in English online with minors in English and Spanish. We also offer a professionalized M.A. in English with two concentrations: digital pedagogy and digital publishing.
Meet Raven Wilson, an English major doing big things for the UIS community:
UIS English M.A. alum A.D. Carson recently defended his unconventional doctoral dissertation– a rap album titled “Owning My Masters: The Rhetorics of Rhymes and Revolutions.” Carson has accepted a job as Assistant Professor of Hip Hop and the Global South at Clemson University.
Fall 2017 marks the third year for our newly designed Master of Arts in English. The new curriculum emphasizes digital literacies and digital humanities research and facilitates students’ mastery of analytic research skills. M.A. students at UIS tailor their learning experience by specializing in digital publishing or digital pedagogy.
The Alchemist Review, UIS’s student-run literary journal, just celebrated its 40th year as a literary tradition. First published in 1977 when UIS was still called Sangamon State, the journal comprises a rich history of poetry, art, and literature.
UIS English professor Dr. Meagan Cass recently won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for her short fiction.
October 17 2017
The UIS Shelterbelt Reading Series presents YesYes Books authors Raena Shirali, Lynn Melnick, and Brandon Courtney, and author/editor/publisher KMA Sullivan on Tuesday, October 17 at 7:00–8:30 p.m. in the WUIS Suggs Studio.
November 6 2017
The UIS Shelterbelt Reading Series presents Kaveh Akbar, author of Calling a Wolf a Wolf and Portrait of an Alcoholic on Monday, November 6 at 7:00–8:00 p.m in the WUIS Suggs Studio.
For more details, please see our events calendar.
Competitive Degree Programs
Our department prioritizes a personalized education experience for English and Modern Languages students. We offer small class sizes to encourage one-on-one communication between students and faculty. Currently we offer a Bachelor of Arts in English on-campus and online; a Master of Arts in English with an emphasis in digital publishing or digital pedagogy; a graduate certificate in teaching English; and a minor in English or Spanish. Our program facilitates strong written and verbal communication while emphasizing communication, genre writing, literary analysis, and emergent digital technologies.
Student Involvement Opportunities
The English and Modern Languages Department at UIS offers a number of hands-on community engagement opportunities that extend student learning beyond the classroom.
Undergraduate students can gain publishing experience through The Alchemist Review, a student run journal of fiction, poetry, and visual arts, or present their own research at STARS: the Student Technology, Arts, and Research Symposium.
The Shelterbelt Press and Reading Series offers students a unique opportunity to meet nationally-known authors and participate in the publishing process, while digital publishing graduate students manage Uproot, a literary journal dedicated to publishing quality work about life in central Illinois.
UIS Creative Writing professor Meagan Cass has just won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for her short story
collection “ActivAmerica,” which will be published in November of 2017 by University of North Texas Press.
Dr. Cass teaches a range of classes at UIS, from women’s literature and feminist theory to creative writing and publishing. Her short fiction has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Pinch, DIAGRAM, Joyland, and Puerto del Sol, among other places. She also won the UIS College of Liberal Arts and Sciences teaching award for 2015-16.
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.
To learn more about our department, our mission, and what we offer our students, check out our About section.