• Year-end awards honor undergraduate and graduate students for their excellence

    The Department of English recognized outstanding writers and scholars for their exemplary work in a virtual ceremony.

  • Award winner Jessi Thomsen values community of women scholars for their support

    FSU’s Rhetoric and Composition Program as a whole contributed to her selection as a 2020-21 P.E.O. Scholar, and the community of faculty, colleagues, and students have furthered her development as teacher and scholar.

  • Need a couple of laughs? Call on an English major

    Many current and former students are using their English degrees to sharpen their comic wit and bring their stand-up routines, improvisational skits, and sketch writing to the stage.

  • Putting loss into words

    English department community members offer portraits of Karen Laughlin, their valued colleague.


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Florida’s smartest English department reflects the creative diversity and interdisciplinary potential of the language that connects us. Our internationally acclaimed faculty have won more teaching awards than any other academic department at Florida State. We also write prize-winning fiction, prize-winning poetry, prize-winning scholarly editions, essays and books. We explore the best of the past and present in order to create a better future for everyone who reads (or hears) English. We aspire to train every student, at every level, how to get more from what they read, and how to achieve more with what they write.

With innovative new academic programs, we equip our ambitious, multi-talented undergraduate and graduate students to venture out into every corner of the new creative economies: from Broadway to the ACLU, from tenure-track jobs in other Research 1 universities to Pulitzer Prize-winning artistic entrepreneurs. Come read with us, and write the future.

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Department News

Recent graduate of English Nicholas Holt completed an Honors in the Major project titled "Oh—To Be A Worm!"

Recent graduate of English Caleb Dros completed an Honors in the Major project titled "Tobacco/Sand."

Working in a corporate environment was not his dream job, so he jumped into the world of freelance writing.

Bearden earned his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees at FSU, moving through literature and rhetoric and composition for his studies.