The New English Major in Fall 2017

As you may have heard, there will be a new English major starting in Fall 2017.

Although this is big and wonderful news, it mostly affects students who will enter DePaul in 2017-2018 and after. Your English major as it exists now will not change. The requirements you see posted in your Degree Progress Report will remain the requirements you must fulfill to graduate.

However, there are three ways the new program may affect your studies—depending on your personal progress in the English major:

  • All Majors: We will change the name of the Diverse Traditions (DT) requirement to Race, Ethnicity, and Sexuality (or RES). In future terms, as you look to complete your DT requirement, scan the schedule for “RES” classes instead of DT.
  • Newer Majors: Autumn Quarter 2017 is the last time the English department will offer the current English Core classes, ENG 220 and ENG 221. If you have yet to complete ENG 220 and/or ENG 221, you must enroll in your missing core class/es this fall. Failure to do so may negate your ability to easily complete the current English major.
  • On-the-Fence Majors: If you aren’t sure whether you prefer to concentrate in Lit Studies or Creative Writing, or if you are thinking of switching from an English major to an English double major, please know that changing your program plan after June 15, 2017 will default you into the new major requirements. Should this happen, meet with James Phelps ( right away.

If you have any questions about the new major, or if you are interested in switching into the new major, please schedule an appointment with James Phelps in BlueStar.

Emoji Dick: Prequels and Sequels

Reminder: Lisa Gitelman will be visiting DePaul TODAY for “Emoji Dick: Prequels and Sequels” (about the online translation of Melville’s novel into emoji). Gitelman is the author of Paper Knowledge, a media history of different document forms, from the library card, to the promissory note, to the PDF.

WHEN: THURSDAY, May 11, 4:15-5:30pm
WHERE: Richardson 115

Refreshments will be served!

Gitelman Emoji Dick

Spring English Conference Tomorrow!


A reminder that tomorrow is the 8th Annual Spring English Conference in DePaul’s Arts and Letters Hall! You’re welcome to drop in for part of the day or stay for all. The conference is always a fun, supportive time when writers and literary critics come together to celebrate new writing and research.

This year’s keynote speaker is WBEZ’s South Side reporter, Natalie Moore, whose book The South Side: A Portrait of American Segregation, traces the long history of segregation in Chicago and contemporary policies that maintain racial separation.

View this year’s program.

8th Annual Spring English Conference

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The DePaul English Department invites you to attend our eighth annual student-run conference! The Spring English Conference is an annual daylong event in which DePaul English undergraduate and graduate students showcase their academic and creative work from the previous year. The conference is a unique opportunity to engage in and demonstrate DePaul’s vibrant literary and English language arts community. Come support your peers, enjoy refreshments, and be inspired!

Keynote Speaker:

Arts & Letters Hall, Room 103

Natalie Y. Moore, WBEZ’s South Side Reporter, will be presenting this year’s keynote presentation. A WBEZ staff member for a decade, Natalie’s work has also appeared in Essence, Black Enterprise, the Chicago Reporter, In These Times, and elsewhere. She has won several awards for her journalism and community work, including the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism and the Studs Terkel Community Media Award. Her latest book, The South Side: A Portrait of American Segregation, traces the long history of segregation in Chicago and contemporary policies that maintain racial separation.

Crook & Folly seeks editors-in-chief


Crook & Folly, DePaul University’s award-winning, all-student, journal of literature and art, seeks applications from graduate and undergraduate students for two  challenging and exciting volunteer positions as 2018 Editors-in-Chief.

The new editors will begin work planning for the new year late this Spring 2017 and will hire their section editors during Fall quarter 2017. Editors-In-Chief  must be available and in residence during all regular quarters of  the entire 2017-2018 academic year.

Candidates for Editor-in-Chief should write a one-page (250 words) application letter describing relevant experience and commitment as well as vision for the magazine, and email it, as an attachment, to Professor Borich on or before 11:59 PM on Monday May 1st 2017. We will conduct interviews on either Friday, May 5th or Friday, May 12th, depending on availability.

Please apply only if you are interested in the Editor-in-Chief positionCrook & Folly will call for for staff and section editor applications in September 2017.

If you have questions please email and ask the the current Crook & Folly editors Ian and Audrey for their assistance.