Welcome, English Badgers!

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What have you done with your English degree? Have you used skills from your major in the workplace? Have you drawn on wisdom you learned from reading fiction, poetry, and plays? What is your favorite memory of an English class? And what advice would you pass on to your student self now? Email us at: webadmin@english.wisc.edu.

Are you in touch with other English majors since graduation? Send us a photo!

We also want to boast about English Badger achievements. Have you had an interesting, rewarding career? Do you help people? Have you published your writing? Add your book to this amazing list of alumni publications.

We know you have had adventures and struggles and triumphs since you graduated, and we want to know all about them…. Please don’t be a stranger: stay in touch.

On Wisconsin!
Russ Castronovo
Professor and Chair of the English Department


Plans for the Future—And How You Can Help

Every gift, no matter how small, helps the department.  If you'd like to contribute to our future programming, please consider giving to one of two new projects….

  • Media Fellows.
 We seek to hire and train a cohort of students each summer to help faculty to research, design, and create visual and sound media tracks for their undergraduate teaching: slides, film clips, and music.

    Undergraduates and graduate students often have technological savvy, and they are eager to develop their skills for professional presentations, which will help them to prepare for a range of careers. At the same time, they will be invaluable assets to faculty developing their lectures. 

    One-time gifts are very welcome! The most sustainable long-term goal is an endowed fund. A $150,000 endowment would help us to pay the salary of an expert graduate assistant + two undergraduate assistants to help multiple faculty members to develop top-quality media presentations.

  • Health and humanities certificate.
 The English Department is planning to host a new undergraduate certificate (sometimes called a minor) for students interested in careers in the health sciences who crave humanistic perspectives to think beyond a scientific frame. We will offer a range of courses that will help students to confront issues of meaning and human struggle in illness, death, disability, and care. The new certificate is likely to prove extremely popular. We will need to hire an administrator and an advisor to keep the program successful.  A $500,000 endowment would help us to provide strong administration and student advising.