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Department of English


Welcome to our Courses page, where you will discover descriptions of upper-division undergraduate courses and graduate courses of the past, present, and future: that is, courses that are currently being taught, courses that have recently been taught, and courses that will soon be taught. Through a rich array of course offerings in literary, film, and cultural studies, we rigorously train our students in critical reading, thinking, and writing skills, and ensure their preparation in a broad range of canonical and non-canonical texts. While the theoretical, methodological, and historical training of our faculty is diverse, we share the conviction that close, sustained engagement with the written word can be at once aesthetically exhilarating, ethically compelling, and politically transformative.

Please click here for the upcoming term upcoming courses. To visit offerings from previous terms, visit our COURSE ARCHIVE (coming soon).

We hope that you find this description of English Department elective courses helpful. Please be aware of some special resources and opportunities:

The Advising Office: Swan 114 This is the place for help with problems you face in courses, information on your academic progress and information on: scholarships, internships, prizes; URI in England summer program; and opportunities for becoming a peer tutor, tutoring foreign speaking students.

If you plan to take English courses at other schools, bring a prior approval form here for an advisor's signature. Sign-up and walk-in appointments are available.

Internship Courses (ENG 493, ENG 494) These courses give academic credit for work in professional settings. Internships have included work in the Mayor's office in Providence, at a publishing company in Wakefield, R.I., at the Coastal Resources Center, and in the RI Office of the Attorney General. For more information please click here.

E-Mail If you are an English major or minor send your email address to We have set up an English major E-mail list that is used for sharing information and sending special announcements to all English majors and minors.

Contests/Prizes The English Department sponsors five writing contests--the Nancy Potter Short Story Contest, Academy of American Poets Poetry Contest, Creative Non-Fiction Contest, Critical Essay Contest, and the Rumowicz Maritime Essay Contest. These contests are conducted during the Spring semester. Watch for announcements that provide detailed information about each contest.

Scholarships There are six English department scholarships available to undergraduate English majors. The scholarships are awarded on an annual basis and include the Nancy Potter Scholarship, Edna Steeves Scholarship, Rox-Ellene Greenlaw Memorial Scholarship, Dana Shugar Memorial Scholarship, Gertrude Spencer Scholarship, and the M. Beverly Swan Endowment. Detailed information about these scholarships can be obtained in the Department's Advising Office, Swan 114.