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.

"Together we read— to understand, to enjoy, to be awed and broadened—and we speak, we write, to clarify, to capture ideas, to share with others the new insights we have stumbled upon, inherited, earned.”  

Dr. Robert F. Yeager, UWF Professor of English
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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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Emily Ley, UWF graduate with a focus in English, is an award-winning alumna.

Emily Ley, Award-Winning Alumna

Emily Ley is the creator of the Simplified Planner®—a minimal agenda designed for managing what matters most. She has been featured in Forbes, Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens, Glamour, Good Housekeeping and HGTV.com, and has been recognized with numerous awards, including Best New Product at the National Stationery Show as well as Top 10 Designers to Watch by Stationery Trends Magazine. Ley is a 2005 and 2007 UWF graduate. 

Read her UWF alumna story. 

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Jonathan Fink is an award-winning author, poet and a professor of English at the University of West Florida.

UWF English professor recognized as award-winning author

Jonathan Fink, UWF Department of English professor and director of creative writing, was recently awarded the Merit Award in Poetry for 2017.  On Feb. 3, The Philosophical Society of Texas granted the award for his book “Barbarossa: The German Invasion of the Soviet Union and the Siege of Leningrad” (Dzanc, 2016).

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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