department of english

114 Swan Hall, 60 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

– Main Office: 401.874.5931 - Graduate Office: 401.874.4663

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Begin your story here.

You’re a reader, a writer, an observer. Stories and characters, poems and images color the way you see the world.  You ask hard questions, knowing there are many answers, a world of stories, and countless ways to tell the truth.

As an English major at the University of Rhode Island, you join a community of scholars and writers who understand the power of language and creative expression—and its impact on the world. We offer you a place where you can be at home, develop your own interests, and discover the stories you want to share.

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Programs in English

The B.A. program in English is designed to be flexible and interdisciplinary, offering a variety of choices and opportunities to discover your own interests. No two English majors are the same. You build your program, choosing from a rich array of  courses that include literature, film, cultural studies, and creative writing.  Many students choose to double major, and there are opportunities for internships and for getting involved in URI creative writing projects and events.


As a graduate student, you will find a highly personalized program and the opportunity to work closely with our distinguished faculty. The M.A. program offers both a thesis and non-thesis option, and the Ph.D. program offers concentrations in American and British literature and culture, critical and cultural theories, gender studies, film, and creative writing. Our graduate programs also include a Certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies and an M.A. in English/M.L.I.S. Cooperative Program.

Creative writing is an important component of our undergraduate and graduate programs, and is based on the interdependence of creative writing and rigorous critical reading. As a creative writing student, you will study with prize-winning authors and poets, be encouraged to publish your work, and to participate in URI initiatives such as The Ocean State Review, the Ocean State Summer Writing Conference, and the Read/Write Series.

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