Rutgers University-Newark boasts one of the country's most respected English Departments, with an internationally respected faculty devoted to research and teaching in a wide range of subjects.

Students with interest in literature and writing can study English and American literature, exploring within specialized periods such as the Renaissance or the 19th Century or concentrate on genre courses in fiction, poetry, or drama, or single author courses such as Shakespeare, Milton, and Joyce.

Students choosing to study world literature in translation can take courses in African, Caribbean, and Asian literature in English. Our department offers courses that intersect with Women's and Gender Studies, LGBT Studies, Film Studies, and African-American and African History.  There are also opportunities to learn creative writing (prose and poetry), business writing, and writing for the Internet and computers.

Explore our web site or arrange a visit to learn more about what the English Department at RU-Newark has to offer. Email us at english@newark.rutgers.edu for more information.

Visit the MFA in Creative Writing Program Here.

Related Departments and Units:
American Studies
African American and African Studies
Women's and Gender Studies
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Lampblack is a volunteer-based organization created by Black writers to support Black writers. Through direct aid, writing workshops and our reading series, we aim to expand the reach of Black literature on the page and in the world.  Learn more here.

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English Faculty Awards

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Congratulations Walter Ancarrow (MFA '21)

Winner of Omnidawn Open Poetry Book Prize for Etymologies

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Heyward Ehrlich

Heyward Ehrlich

Professor Emeritus

Manu Samriti Chander

Manu Samriti Chander

Associate Professor

H. Bruce Franklin

H. Bruce Franklin

Professor Emeritus

Barbara C. Foley

Barbara C. Foley

Distinguished Professor Emerita