The English program at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is a part of a large, vibrant humanities program. We offer courses in many areas, including professional writing, creative writing, film, literature, and education.

Each year, the department sponsors a number of visiting writer readings, student readings, and the Thomas Hickey Creative Writing Festival.

Additionally, the English program partners with the Writing Center to find outstanding College Writing essays for the yearly publication of Stylus: Anthology of College Writing.

Our Mission

Our mission is to prepare you for writing and teaching careers in a variety of professional environments, in which creativity, critical thinking, and a broad cultural perspective are required.

Why Study English and Writing?

In the English program, you will learn proficiency in literary analysis, professional and creative writing, cultural analysis and creation, and the mastery of rhetorical devices.
You will:

  • Gain personally and professionally from an education in American, British, world, and other literatures by becoming intellectually more astute and literate;
  • Acquire highly marketable skills for jobs in the publishing industry, creative and editorial positions, education, business, government, and nonprofit agencies;
  • Receive a solid preparation for graduate studies in education, fine arts, professional writing/communication, literature, library science, rhetoric and composition, and law.

The more general objective of the English program is to educate citizens to understand, think about, and argue complex cultural issues. Our courses are designed to broaden your perspective and to increase your cultural literacy.

Graduates in English can apply their knowledge in all personal, professional, and social situations in which ethical decisions demand a deepened knowledge of the human condition and an understanding of the past.

You will be exposed to the broad variety of human experiences through internships, community-based service learning, as well as participation in forums on and off campus. This will help prepare you to participate in meaningful ways in society.