The English Department at Providence College has something for everyone — not just future teachers and college professors, but anyone who loves to read, think, and write. Led by faculty who are teachers, scholars, and writers, our courses cover the full range of literature in English — from the medieval adventures of Chaucer’s pilgrims to the vibrant novels of Toni Morrison and beyond. You will engage with brief but meaning-packed poems like Emily Dickinson’s and with challenging and absurd plays like Samuel Beckett’s. Mostly, you will read, write, and discuss because our classrooms are places where students and professors talk freely about the ideas, characters, and artistic choices they encounter.
We offer three bachelor’s degree programs — English, Creative Writing, and Secondary Education. Each one is rigorous. Each one is engaging. Each one will enhance your ability to analyze, communicate, and research — important tools for any form of employment or graduate study.
We are committed to being an antiracist, antisexist, and antihomophobic department that cultivates and promotes diversity and inclusion.
The English Department stands in solidarity with Providence College’s Asian Studies Program statement condemning harassment and violence against Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders, reproduced in full by clicking here.
Literature has the power to broaden mindsets, combat stereotyping, and inspire empathy and understanding across racial, ethnic, national, or cultural differences. We encourage our PC community to read and share these poems by AAPI poets.