Department of English

About Us

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. They 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.

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.


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.

Tiffany Gilbert, Chair

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

Morton Hall 163