The study of literature provides an outstanding opportunity to cultivate the life of the mind, perhaps the most rewarding of all human pursuits. Reading and analyzing literature teaches us to think critically and deliberately, never shying away from difficult or controversial topics.
"Together we read— to understand, to enjoy, to be awed and broadened—and we speak, we write, to clarify, to capture ideas, to share with others the new insights we have stumbled upon, inherited, earned.”Dr. Robert F. Yeager, UWF Professor of English
The Department of English is a hub of loud, embracing energy that generates student awareness of language and culture that is crucial for success in the professional world. Through our Master’s programs and undergraduate degree programs, we train students in the arts of writing, critical thinking, argumentation.
Students in our programs benefit from community-based internships, hands-on teaching experience in the UWF Writing Lab, small classes, visiting lectures by notable scholars and writers, and participant-centered workshops. Our students and faculty also publish two literary journals: Troubadour, the student magazine of poetry, fiction and graphic art, and Panhandler, distributed and recognized nationally as an important showcase for fresh creative voices. The Department also boasts its own book imprint, Panhandler Books.
Zine creator, musician and social activist Erick Lyle lectured at the University of West Florida Tuesday night explaining how an art festival protesting the makeover of San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood served as the basis for his latest book, “Streetopia.”
Streetopia was the name of a five-week-long art fair in the low-income Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco (described in many tourist guides as "the worst neighborhood in San Francisco"). The fair featured the work of more than 100 artists, as well as lectures and performances and a café that served two free meals a day for the duration of the event. Lyle described Streetopia as ... Read more.
Graduate and undergraduate Writing Lab assistants are available to review the mechanics of writing with you and help you upgrade the quality of your papers before you submit these papers to your professors. Face-to-face readers and OWL (Online Writing Lab) readers are available to help you with your papers from invention to publication or presentation to your professor. Visit the UWF Writing Lab online.
While first-year composition may be a service course in which the goal is to meet the needs of the academic community, we believe the best way to meet those needs is by teaching critical literacy, that is, teaching students to think, read (listen, view, watch, perceive), and write critically. Visit the First Year Composition program online.
The Department of English's’ internship program has fostered community partners who provide mutually beneficial internship opportunities that give students access to those “hands-on learning opportunities” that enhance their academic experience. Visit the English Intership Program online.