Department of English

The study of literature provides an outstanding opportunity to cultivate the life of the mind, perhaps the most rewarding of all human pursuits. Reading and analyzing literature teaches us to think critically and deliberately, never shying away from difficult or controversial topics.

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The Department of English

The Department of English is a hub of loud, embracing energy that generates student awareness of language and culture that is crucial for success in the professional world.  Through our Master’s programs and undergraduate degree programs, we train students in the arts of writing, critical thinking, argumentation. 

Students in our programs benefit from community-based internships, hands-on teaching experience in the UWF Writing Lab, small classes, visiting lectures by notable scholars and writers, and participant-centered workshops. Our students and faculty also publish two literary journals: Troubadour, the student magazine of poetry, fiction and graphic art, and Panhandler, distributed and recognized nationally as an important showcase for fresh creative voices.  The Department also boasts its own book imprint, Panhandler Books.

Why should you choose English? 

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This Luminous by Allan Peterson

Panhandler Books: This Luminous by Allan Peterson

In March 2019, the Department of English and Panhandler Books published This Luminous by National Book Critics Circle Award-Finalist Allan Peterson.  This Luminous is a comprehensive, new-and-selected poetry collection by Allan Peterson that includes work from across his long publishing history as well as new poems.

Panhandler Books, the book imprint of the department's national literary journal Panhandler Magazine, is distributed by University Press of Florida.  More information about the book, as well as ordering information, is availble on the Panhandler website.  

On March 26, 2019, the Department of English and Panhandler Books at UWF will sponsor an author reading and book launch at the Pensacola Museum of Art of Allan Peterson's This Luminous: New and Selected Poems.  The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin with a reception at 6:00 pm and an author reading and book signing at 6:45 p.m.

The UWF Writing Lab

Graduate and undergraduate Writing Lab assistants are available to review the mechanics of writing with you and help you upgrade the quality of your papers before you submit these papers to your professors. Face-to-face readers and OWL (Online Writing Lab) readers are available to help you with your papers from invention to publication or presentation to your professor. Visit the UWF Writing Lab online. 

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First Year Composition

While first-year composition may be a service course in which the goal is to meet the needs of the academic community, we believe the best way to meet those needs is by teaching critical literacy, that is, teaching students to think, read (listen, view, watch, perceive), and write critically. Visit the First Year Composition program online

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English Internship Program

The Department of English's’ internship program has fostered community partners who provide mutually beneficial internship opportunities that give students access to those “hands-on learning opportunities” that enhance their academic experience. Visit the English Intership Program online

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