The UIS Department of English and Modern Languages offers majors in English on campus and online and a minor in English

Our department prioritizes a personalized education experience for all students whether they take our classes as a major or minor, or just want to explore a topic that interests them. Our small class sizes encourage great conversations and attention from faculty. Currently we offer a Bachelor of Arts in English on-campus and online; and a minor in English. Students can explore literature, linguistics, creative and professional writing, and editing and publishing. They can also become familiar with emerging digital technologies and multimodal tools for reading, writing, research, and multimodal content production. Our program emphasizes strong written and verbal communication, giving students the analytical reading, sharp thinking, and clear writing skills important for professional success. Students learn through collaborative as well as individual approaches. They become proficient in managing both group and self-directed projects.

Student 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.

Students can gain publishing experience through Violet Margin, a student-run journal of fiction, poetry, and visual arts, and can present their own research at the Student Technology, Arts, and Research Symposium.

The Shelterbelt Reading Series also offers students a unique opportunity to meet nationally-known authors.


We prioritize:

  • A personalized education experience for our students through our small class sizes
  • One-on-one communication between students and faculty
  • Opportunities to develop professional skills online and on-campus
  • Thought-provoking discussions in each class
  • Courses covering the full spectrum of a quality English education through their wide variety of genres, literary periods, and disciplines


We are:

  • A fantastic team of faculty, each distinguished in our respective fields
  • Dedicated to the professional and educational growth of our students
  • Professors who interact with students on a first-name basis in order to offer personalized guidance
  • Professors adept at implementing online resources and utilizing digital tools
  • Constantly assessing our own work as instructors in order to maintain academic excellence

UIS English Alumni Success Stories