See the world, explore authors via wentworth

More than 100 English department students have roamed the world, following in the footsteps of their favorite authors, thanks to the Wentworth Travel Fellowships. See all the details here.

Curious as to where students go? Take a look at our photo gallery and student bios.

Teaching accolades

Dr. Cara Cilano received the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award, and Ashley Bissette Sumerel received Lecturer of the Year. The presentations were during the Fall 2015 faculty meeting. See details here.

Beyond Morton Hall

Those professors and lecturers you pass in the hall every day? You'd be surprised what they do in their free time.

Check it out!


The English Department wishes all of our new graduates passionate and illustrious futures as they make their way into the world outside of the university. Here are some highlights from our farewell party and the ceremony (opens as pdf).

Degree Versatility

What can you do with an English degree? Pretty much anything you can imagine. Our English majors have become surgeons, public relations people, novelists, teachers and much, much more. Check out our Alumni Update page for pictures and personal stories.

Our graduate students are carving out their places in the world, also. See how identical twin sisters made the most of this program.

More Travel Opportunities

We also offer a 3-credit study abroad course that goes to Buenos Aires, Argentina, for 2 weeks. See our blog for more details. Also, take a tour of the city in this overview (opens as PDF).


Twice a year, students display their research during this showcase, which highlights the best in literature, travel writing, community outreach and more projects. Here are some samples from past EiA Showcases..

Showcase Video

Wondering what students think of it? Check out this student-made video.

World-renowned speakers

The English Department has been key in bringing such internationally known authors as John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates, documentary maker Ken Burns and many other literary and media figures to campus. Out list of upcoming and past speakers is here.


Awards and honors

Close mentoring with our faculty members means that students can explore subjects and work toward departmental and university honors.

Zack Rearick and Danielle Andrews, two new English Department graduates hug after the 2012 ceremonies in Trask Auditorium. - Photo by Rory Laverty

About Us

Welcome to the English Department

The English faculty at UNCW includes many prize-winning teachers and scholars, including Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award winners and recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Professorship Award. Classes are small, interactive, and student-centered.

Our students choose to focus on literary studies, professional writing, or teacher licensure. Katherine Montwieler, chair - Photo by Jeff JanowskiThey may take courses in digital rhetoric, Victorian literature, popular culture, linguistics, children's literature, and many others, acquiring the skills necessary to succeed in academia and beyond.

Photo left: Dr. Katherine Montwieler, chair

Our students go on to become entrepreneurs, publicity agents, television producers, authors, foreign correspondents for news agencies, reporters and editors, teachers, professors, web site developers, lawyers, doctors, and much, much more.

'Smart' Classrooms

The English Department faculty embraces the cutting edge of teaching, extensively using “smart” classrooms, so that courses have the three-dimensionality of video, audio, and interactivity that make subjects leap off the page. Why not listen to Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda recite his own poetry? Why not watch Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V rally his men before the battle of Agincourt? Why not see a live camera feed of The New York Times daily editors meeting? Renowned for their excellent teaching, our professors have received a number of university teaching awards.

Sending Interns Into the Wider World

Our internship program is unsurpassed in finding opportunities for English majors and minors and journalism minors to gain real-world experience and has placed interns in the prestigious Dow-Jones Newspaper Fund editing internship, CBS’ New York City internship program, and in more than 100 other local and national venues.

Elena Fleggas (l) and Karis Moyers celebrate at the English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta induction ceremony. - Photo by Shirley MathewsUndergraduates

Undergraduate students can focus on our three primary options: Literary Studies, Professional Writing, or Teacher Licensure.

Even if your degree takes you in another direction, students can still hone their writing skills, develop their understanding of literature, and enhance their powers of written persuasion by minoring in English. We also offer the valuable career credential of a Certificate in Professional Writing.

Graduate Students

Graduate students can take advantage of a faculty that has published more than 40 books and hundreds of journal articles on literature, rhetoric and composition, literary theory, cultural studies, and much, much more. Graduate students accepted into our program will encounter high academic expectations leavened by mentoring from world-class scholars. Our graduate students go on to Ph.D. programs, find teaching jobs with community colleges and major universities, and continue to successful careers in administration, education, and business.

Feel free to contact us.
We welcome you to the department. The knowledge you gain here will stay with you and enrich your life in ways that may surprise you.

My door is always open. Really, it is. 

--Katherine Montwieler, Chair

Department of English
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 S College Road
Wilmington, N.C., 28403-5947

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