Katie Brokaw
After earning her master's at Cambridge and winning a prize for her Ph.D. dissertation, Katie Brokaw '02 is assistant professor of literature at the University of California-Merced.
English Major



To study English literature is to understand its power, its possibilities and its pleasures. 

As an English-Literature major at Illinois Wesleyan, you'll examine writing past and present to discover its variety and complexity.  You'll learn to analyze materials that are as complex as life, to formulate and defend your own positions, and to write with clarity and imagination.  And you'll prepare yourselves for graduate school and/or careers in a variety of fields, including editing, law, library science, marketing, public relations, publishing, business, systems analysis, web design, and writing of all kinds--for any kind of work that requires effective communication, creativity, and critical thinking.

English-Literature majors are encouraged to broaden their experiences by studying abroad for a semester or during May Term. Opportunities for honors research, directed study, and internships are available for qualified students.

Our student-run literary journal Tributaries , the campus newspaper The Argus, the national English honors society Sigma Tau Delta and other student organizations foster a sense of community within and beyond our campus and offer students opportunities to write for a wider audience, edit publications, and participate in campus literary events.


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Sample Four-Year Curriculum

This is just an example 4 year plan, your actual schedule can/ will deviate from this sample. Your faculty advisor will work with you to match appropriate courses with your interests. Some English courses listed here are offered on alternating years. Check the course search for availability.

Interested in the English-Writing curriculum? Click Here.

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Curious about your English professors? Learn more about our distinguished English faculty.

Once enrolled, all students will have a degree evaluation tool available to them on MyIWU. This will help you determine what courses are required to graduate on time.