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EnglishOur motto—“Start here, go anywhere”— captures the unique value of an undergraduate or graduate English degree awarded by Arizona State University, one that can serve you in any art form, any discipline, and any profession. In fact, the degree can take you anywhere you wish to travel. The Department of English faculty is internationally renowned for innovative research and teaching and explores pan-world expression of the English language and its literatures, which span the global yet connect directly to the local. The skills of critical thinking, reading comprehension, and analytic expression cultivated in the degree are transferrable into any endeavor. In particular, such skills provide the foundation for creative problem-solving and cultivate individual and collective expression. The department takes as its purview not just historical positioned work, whether linguistic or textual, but includes all forms of expression and all modes of new media, whether analogical or digital. We emphasize writing—academic, creative, personal, public, and workplace—that explores difference reflectively and functionally. Our goal is to educate citizens who can think, read, write, and act in robust and significant ways to meet new challenges.

Mark Lussier

Message from the Chair, Mark Lussier

I welcome you to the Department of English at Arizona State University, one of the largest and most vibrant programs in the country, and invite you to explore the diversity of the faculty and students commitments and concerns through our website. Our active and engaged group of teachers, scholars, and students pursue research in a number of traditional disciplines—such as creative writing, education, film and media studies, linguistics, literature, and rhetoric and composition—and also conduct research and publish work on the cutting edge of interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary fields—from border studies, digital humanities and material culture to literature and science, sustainability, and women’s studies. Beyond its undergraduate degrees, the department awards a large number of graduate level degrees at the MA, MAS, MFA, and PhD levels. And so, I say to the curious, “Come in and find your place,” since the abilities, insights, and skills cultivated within it can take you anywhere you wish to travel.

All kind thoughts,
Mark Lussier

ENGLISH:Mark Lussier A life of the passions