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.

Special Note:  the department is pleased to be co-hosting the 2015 International Conference on Narrative along with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago.  Information on that conference is available here:


Almni Open House and Information Event for MA Program this Monday

January 21, 2015

The department will hold it’s annual Alumni Open House and Information event this coming Monday (January 26) from 5:00 to 6:30 PM in the Room with a View.  If you’re an alumni, come on out to share your experiences with the program and reconnect with faculty and other alumni. If you’re a current student or someone ...

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Blotterature and the IWC Announce Upcoming Events

January 20, 2015

Blotterature is hosting a reading event at Kilroy’s in Lansing on Saturday, January 31 that will feature Samantha Irby, 2014 winner of Chicago Writers’ Association Traditional Non-Fiction Book for Meaty and voted one of the top 10 comedic writers to watch for in 2015 by Paper Magazine.
In addition, The Indiana Writers’ Consortium is hosting a small press publishing ...

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Philip Siemer to Defend His MA Thesis

December 4, 2014

You’re invited to attend Phil Siemer’s defense of his MA thesis, “Advocating for Others:  Spiritual Development in Christian High School English Classrooms.”  The defense will be held tomorrow, December 6 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM in CLO 154.  Come out to learn about Phil’s research, to become familiar with the MA thesis and defense ...

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Reminder: Deadline for Photo Contest Approaching

November 18, 2014

The deadline for our photo contest is approaching.  Any PUC student can enter (we’ll accept up to 10 individual photos per student), but the subject of the photograph must be English or Philosophy majors or classes.  We’ll award $50 for the five best photographs that we receive.  The deadline is December 1, and photos should ...

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Howard Cohen Speaks on Games in Philosophy

November 5, 2014

Professor Howard Cohen will give a talk entitled “Teaching Distributive Justice through an Interactive Video Game” today at 6:30 in CLO 132.  The Distributive Justice game is an interactive classroom exercise designed to help students understand a variety of possible principles of distribute justice and to learn about an important approach to determining the principle that ...

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PNC Hosts Screening of Swan Song

September 29, 2014

On October 28 at 5 pm, Director John Hancock will return to the PNC campus to screen his new feature “Swan Song.”  The event will be co-hosted by Dr. Jerry Holt of this campus, and Dr. Dennis Barbour of Purdue University Calumet.  The screening will take place in LSF 002, and refreshments will be ...

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