Department of English


Why study English at NIU?

If you want a degree that is now in high demand and you want to learn to write well, think critically, learn about language, and be taught by award-winning poets, essayists, and scholars, then the NIU English department is for you. Whether you study with us as an undergraduate or graduate student, you'll be challenged to excel as you develop your analytical, writing, and research skills.

We offer three tracks in the undergraduate major (studies in literature, secondary licensure in English language arts, and studies in writing), a creative writing certificate, six areas from which to choose in the M.A. program, and a highly exceptional and successful doctoral program

Contact us

Northern Illinois University
Department of English
Reavis Hall, Room 215
DeKalb, IL 60115

815-753-0611
815-753-0606 (Fax)

Please note that due to safety concerns during COVID, our physical office will remain closed. Please visit our contact page for more details about getting in touch with us!

English Events

MLA Statement Deploring Systemic Racism