Department of English

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Meet Dr. Anne Boyd Rioux

The National Endowment for the Humanities has selected Professor Anne Boyd Rioux for a $50,000 Public Scholar Award in support of her next book: Reading Little Women: The History of an American Classic. 


The Department of English is dedicated to providing a traditional liberal arts experience and serving  the practical needs of its students, and, in turn, the metropolitan community. Our award-winning faculty members are dedicated to scholarship and creative projects that enhance their teaching.

About the Department

Undergraduate Studies

The Department of English offers a four-year undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. In addition, a Bachelor of Arts in Education with a major or minor in English is available through the College of Education. Students with any major may also choose to minor in English. The department offers courses in American literature, African-American literature, New Orleans literature, British, Commonwealth, and Postcolonial literature, creative writing, professional writing and editing, and journalism.  Cross-listed courses in Women's Studies, International Studies, and Africana Studies are also offered regularly. Other programs closely affiliated with the Department are the UNO Women's Studies Program and the Greater New Orleans Writing Project.

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Graduate Studies

The Department offers graduate studies in English leading to the Master of Arts in English. Also at the graduate level, the Department offers the Creative Writing Workshop, an interdisciplinary M.F.A. program with concentrations in fiction writing, nonfiction writing, playwriting, poetry writing, and screenwriting; these courses are cross-listed with the Department of English, which provides most of the program's faculty. 

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There are several extracurricular literary activities, including writing for Ellipsis, UNO's literary magazine, or for the Driftwood, UNO's weekly student newspaper. Through various agencies, including an active English Graduate Organization (EGO), world-recognized authors and scholars are brought to campus for readings, classroom visits, and workshop instruction.

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Faculty Spotlight

The Department of English recognizes and applauds the achievements of its faculty members. Learn more about their recent accomplishments.

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Word:News and Notes from the Department of English

Word is the Department's annual magazine, which features news on the activities and accomplishments of our faculty, students, and alumni. 

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