Department of English & Philosophy

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The Department of English and Philosophy at Purdue Calumet offers a Bachelor of Arts in English, with options in Literature, Writing, and Teaching. Students also may minor in English. An Online Certificate in Writing for Interactive Media is available.

In literature and writing courses, English majors are introduced to demands of college reading and writing so that they will be prepared for the rest of their academic careers and for their lives beyond college.

Writing majors learn the practical aspects of communicating on the job, in business or in industry, to prepare for careers in publishing, editing, writing, and technical communication.

Purdue Calumet also offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. Philosophy offers a sound foundation for careers and for advanced degrees in business, law, government, management, the ministry, and education, as well as a background for any field of study - such as computer science - which emphasizes logical and critical thinking.

The practical nature of these majors is supplemented by internships in local businesses and government agencies and cooperative education experiences, alternating work and study experiences.


Dewell Defends Thesis

July 16, 2015

Tiffany Dewell successfully defended her MA thesis yesterday, Wednesday July 15.  Tiffany’s thesis is entitled “Transcending Boundaries: Teaching Reflection in the Composition Classroom”  Congratulations to Tiffany, and to her committee chair Karen Bishop-Morris.

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Jessica Groen Elected Grad Rep

May 11, 2015

Congratulations to Jessica Groen, who was elected the student representative to the department’s Graduate Committee for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Bring your concerns and advice to Jessica, and expect to hear from her when the committee needs feedback from students.

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Tiffany Dewell Publishes Article

May 7, 2015

Our current MA student Tiffany Dewell has just published an article titled “Alternatives to Traditional Grading:  Helping Students Break the Mold” in the online journal The Atrium.  Please visit to read Tiffany’s work, and be sure to congratulate her on this impressive accomplishment.

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Karen Schmidt Defends MA Thesis, 4/27

April 22, 2015

The Department of English and Philosophy invites you to a MA thesis defense by Karen Schmidt, whose research explores the once-popular but today largely-forgotten regional writer Bess Streeter Aldrich.  

The presentation will be held on April 27 from 11:00 until 12:20 in Anderson 224.  Please join us to learn more about this fascinating writer, to ...

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Congratulations to the 2015 Stark-Tinkham Contest Winners

April 16, 2015

Last night’s 42nd annual Stark-Tinkham Writing Awards Contest featured an inspiring talk by Dr. Kelly Norman Ellis.  Congratulations to all of the winners.

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Reminder: Stark-Tinkham Awards Presentation Tomorrow

April 14, 2015

Just a reminder that we’ll hold the 42nd annual Stark-Tinkham Annual Writing Contest Awards Ceremony tomorrow evening (April 15), at 7:00 in Jean Chambers (in SUL).  Our speaker this year will be Dr. Kelly Norman Ellis, who is an associate professor of creative writing at Chicago State University. She is a poet whose work has ...

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