Welcome to the Stanford University Department of English

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Congratulations, Class of 2024!

One of the founding departments of Stanford University in 1891, the English department is the cornerstone of the humanities at Stanford. The pioneer faculty of English was an eclectic group of writers, comparativists, and literary scholars.

Front entrance of the quad from Jordan Hall to Hoover Tower, on Serra Street. From a series of images intended to "recreate" historical images from the Stanford Archives. bicycle


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Undergraduate Program

To study English is to master the power of language.

On the first day of summer, junior Chaz Curet takes a break to read in the sun. The English major found a comfortable spot in the SEQ to read from 'Our Story Begins,' a collection of short stories by Stanford professor Tobias Wolff.

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Coterminal Master of Arts

If you are an advanced undergraduate who wants to take the study of literature to a higher level, then the coterminal M.A. program is for you.

Ato Quayson speaking with Ramon Saldivar and Paula Moya

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Check out our courses

Stanford English offers a wide variety of interdisciplinary courses taught by world-class faculty

A photo of Ato Quayson and Adam Johnson attending the Creative Writing Welcome Back Dinner.

Views from the Department

Professor Ato Quayson with Professor Adam Johnson at the Creative Writing program Welcome Dinner



Recent News

On Sunday, June 16, the Department of English awarded 36 bachelor’s and 2 master’s degrees. Additionally, 7 doctoral degrees were awarded, 2 of which were from the Modern Thought and Literature program.4 of our students give speeches during the ceremony:  Sarah Esther Lewis, BA English Zuni Vinod Chopra, BA English Briana Maytee García, MA English Jessica Camille Jordan, PhD English
The Digital Humanities has existed as an institutionalized field of research at Stanford for now more than a decade, drawing undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers from around the globe. This series, a collaboration between Arcade and CESTA, spotlights leading research in the digital humanities at Stanford, and asks key contributors to...
We are absolutely delighted to share the news that Kirstin Valdez Quade has been awarded a 2024 John S. Guggenheim fellowship.  As the foundation notes about its history, “Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for mid-career individuals who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts...

Upcoming Events

Please stay tuned for announcements regarding upcoming Departmental, and Co-sponsored events!

Here are some great events that we have held in the past

Department Bookshelf

English remains a top-ranked department nationally because of the strength and variety of our faculty publications, both in scholarly research and creative writing. Browse the Bookshelf to explore our many interests.

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