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

American Writers Museum Opening May 16


Chicago, home to many marvelous museums, will boast yet another one on May 16, when the American Writers Museum will open its doors to the public. Current exhibits include Jack Kerouac’s scroll–on which he wrote On the Road— the anatomy of a masterwork, and a word waterfall.

The museum is located at 180 N. Michigan Avenue, Second Floor. Admission for students with a valid student ID is $8.

For more information, check out their website — which includes a handy roundup of literary resources.

New Letters Literary Awards

image001New Letters is accepting entries for the New Letters Literary Awards.  This year’s online or postmark deadline is Thursday, May 18, 2017.

*  All entries are consider for publication in the magazine.
*  Entrants receive a year-long subscription to New Letters, also, a wonderful way for students to immerse themselves in great literature and learn from the most contemporary and exciting writing being published today.

Winners in the genres of fiction, essay, and poetry each receive a $1,500 cash prize and publication in New Letters.  Past judges have included such prestigious writers as Joyce Carol Oates, Janet Burroway, Kim Addonizio, Benjamin Percy, Philip Levine, and Cornelius Eady.  To view past winners, judges and issues, please visit

Questions? Contact Ashley Wann at or by phone at (816) 235-1169.


826CHI Now Hiring


Are you a team player with a passion for education and youth development through writing and publishing? 826CHI is looking to hire for three positions through AmeriCorps VISTA:

Positions run from August 2017 to August 2018. Application deadline is Friday, June 9th. View the position descriptions and application instructions on the AmeriCorps website (linked above).

Questions? Email

Dzanc Books Summer Internship


If you’re interested in a summer internship at Dzanc Books, a nonprofit book publisher, please email a resume and writing sample to Senior Editor Michelle Dotter,

Let Professor Chris Green know if you’re selected and he will register your for ENG 392, the online summer internship course.