Department of English

What We Do

In the department of English we explore texts through a variety of perspectives and teach students to write effectively in several modes.

Contact Information
Department Chair

Alison Shonkwiler


Administrative Assistant
Ms. Teresa Woodbury



Study in the humanities helps students to build attentive, creative minds, with a historical understanding of our cultural moment rooted in awareness of what it means to be human—and the diverse ways of being human—in an ever-changing world. English majors at Rhode Island College concentrate in literary studies, creative writing or professional writing. All the practices learned in English classes—careful analysis, creative problem solving, aesthetic awareness, and effective communication that is attentive to the needs of a variety of audiences—are highly sought-after in today’s workplaces. Our majors enter a wide range of careers in education, writing, marketing, journalism, publishing, communications, law, arts and nonprofit administration, social work, management, librarianship, public relations, advertising, copyediting, policy research, film and video editing, multimedia content development, and academia. Many of our graduates have gone on to postgraduate study. We regularly connect with alumni and host events for current students about career options.


Department of English Course Descriptions for Fall 2022 and Spring 2023

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