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. in English is designed to be flexible and interdisciplinary, offering a variety of choices and opportunities to discover your own interests. Many of our students double major, take on internships, and get 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 several concentrations that include creative writing.

Creative writing is an important component of all of our degree programs. You will study with prize-winning authors and poets, be encouraged to publish your work, and to participate in a variety of URI creative writing initiatives, including the Ocean State Writing Conference.

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