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News and Events

Dr. Paula Kamenish, co-leader of our successful
ENG 294 study abroad trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina, is profiled here.


21 English Dept Students awarded travel grants

The Wentworth Travel Fellowships were announced in late November, and 21 English majors, minors or journalism minors will travel to such far-flung places as China, Japan, England and other locales to walk in the footsteps of their favorite authors. This award is generously funded by Mr. Charles F. Green III. Details are here. A list of the award winners is here.


english in action


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.


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.

Apply Deadline: Oct. 20

Want to see where others have gone before? The complete list is here.





English in Action



Welcome to the Department of English

Majoring in English at UNC Wilmington means more than reading books and writing papers. The best minds in the country meet the students on the common ground of learning through the Buckner Lectures, which has brought such notables as Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Updike and award-winning author Susan Cheever to campus.

Here, English majors are part of a community of learners, contributing original scholarship and also putting this knowledge into practice.

From one-on-one interaction with faculty to service learning opportunities built into the curriculum, the English Department values student contributions and supports them in experiences that prepare them for life after college.

Dedicated MentoringMichelle Britt's composition class takes learning to the trees. - Photo by Jeff Janowski/UNCW

English faculty get to know each of their students through small classes and one-on-one mentoring. Courses in English are typically no larger than 30 students -- and many are under 20 -- so professors have the time to meet with students individually to answers questions and guide their development. Majors also receive detailed advising, not only when preparing to register for courses each term, but also when they make decisions about what they plan to do after graduation. Also, being an English major doesn't mean saying goodbye at the end of four years; we keep in touch with our former students with an extensive and frequently updated area of our Web site called Alumni Update. If you're curious about where an English degree can lead you, click on Alumni Update and see the variety of careers our graduates have carved out for themselves.

Robert Manion holds his award for Outstanding Rookie, given to him at the Student Media Awards dinner in April 2016. He was recognized for his work with The Seahawk. - Photo by Shirley Mathews
Robert Manion holds his award for Outstanding Rookie, given to him at the Student Media Awards dinner in April 2016. He was recognized for his work with The Seahawk, exploring the possible health hazards of new surfacing on campus. - Photo by Shirley Mathews

Student Research

Faculty also guide students in developing their own research agendas. The Department awards Wentworth Travel Grants every year for students to pursue research abroad. Qualified undergraduates can also work with faculty to write an Honors Thesis, an individual research project based on the students own interests. Graduate students also have the option of completing a Masters Thesis as part of their degree, with the ultimate goal of producing original scholarship for publication.

Applied Learning

Being part of the English Department community also extends beyond Morton Hall. Students can apply their learning outside the classroom by working with real-world clients to put their education into practice. Our department prides itself on providing opportunities for students to become applied learners by incorporating service learning components throughout the curriculum, particularly Professional Writing courses and in the PW Internship. Each semester the department also highlights these service learning projects with the English in Action Showcase.

About the clickable photos below:

(Left) Juliane Bullard meets with Argentine author Hugo Gambini as a part of the ENG 294 study abroad trip to Buenos Aires.
(Center) Bestselling author Cristina Garcia speaks to students as a part of our Buckner Lecture series.
(Right) Our graduates go on to remarkable careers. See how everyone turned out on our Alumni Update page.

Juliane Bullard meets author Hugo Gambini on the ENG294 study abroad trip to Buenos Aires. - Photo by Shirley Mathews
Christina Garcia, one of many authors to speak as part of our continuing programs. - Photo by Rory Laverty
Our English graduates go on to careers in medicine, art, newspapers and much, much more. - Photo by Rory Laverty

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