Buckner Speakers

Joyce Carol Oates and John Updike are just two of the many speakers the English Department has helped bring to the campus. If you want to talk to the best minds in literature, the English Department is a great starting place. Check out who else we've brought to campus..




wentworth travel

Want to see England the way Jane Austen saw it? You can -- if you are awarded one of the dozen or so fellowships that Mr. Charles F.Green III provides. details are here.



Your first step to getting a Wentworth is to figure out what author or literary figure you'd like to follow. And then fill out the form on this page.

Deadline: Oct. 21

go global

Paris, London, Rome, Madrid, and other world cities are only an application here. See International Programs for details.

The English Department also offers a 2-credit study abroad course that goes to Buenos Aires, Argentina, for 2 weeks. See our blog for more details.

English in Action Showcase

Want to get a sampling of what other students have accomplished in their classes? Take a look.

Periplus Ties with Winthrop


Jamie Watson, Editor-in-Chief

It was just another day in the library for Jamie Watson – and then she got an email.

“I called my mother and started screaming,” the English major says.

The big news? She had just been told that UNCW’s publication, “Periplus,” had tied for first place in the 2013 National  Collegiate Jamie Watson - Photo by Rory LavertyHonors Council contest for best newsletter, beating 13 other entries and tying with a 14th. Winthrop University, a 6,100-student institution 20 minutes from Charlotte, shared first-place honors with UNCW.

Jamie is now editor-in-chief of “Periplus,” but the Spring 2013 issue that won this award happened when she was only acting editor.

“This was the first issue I was completely in control of,” she says. Fall 2013 marks her first official year as editor-in-chief, and she’s loved the experience. “I was really passionate about the Honors culture.”

 She graduates in 2015 and she’s looking forward to a bright future.

Jamie would like to earn a doctorate, so she can become an English professor in literary studies. Perferably American. “Preferably gothic,” she says with a laugh.

“Periplus” is a newsletter published by the Honors College and features stories on such events as bringing a pair of Oscar-winning screenwriters to campus, detailing classes that deal with writers in exile, student films, alumni news, student-written columns and much more.

The name, “Periplus,” refers to the act of traveling a coastline or taking an epic journey.

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