English Department

TCU’s Department of English boasts one of the premier graduate writing programs in the nation with 26 outstanding full-time faculty, including three endowed positions. The department is dedicated to fostering excellence in all areas of teaching, research, and service. Here are many more areas of distinction.

  • The job placement rate for newly minted English Ph.D.s is more than 90 percent, higher than many prestigious East Coast schools.
  • The department publishes Composition Studies, one of the leading journals in the field of rhetoric and composition.
  • It also publishes one of the country's oldest literary journals, descant, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.
  • In addition to the ELF award, the department offers 26 distinct writing competitions, some of which date back to the 1920s.
  • TCU’s undergraduate literary group, The Bryson Literary Society, was established in 1928.
  • The department publishes eleven40seven, the undergraduate literary journal, and supports the Bryson Broadside Society, which publishes poems that are distributed on campus and in the community.
  • The department sponsors writing in all areas, including the New Media Writing Studio.
  • In addition to its nationally recognized Ph.D. program, the department offers undergraduate degrees in both English and Writing.
  • English Department faculty are prolific in a number of areas, including Victorian, Renaissance, and American literature, gender studies, and—of course—rhetoric and composition studies.
  • English Department faculty exemplify the TCU model of the teacher/scholar, having won every major University award for teaching and scholarship.
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