Trinity University's English program enhances students’ prose argumentation, critical and interpretive thinking, and oral communication. Courses cover British and American literature, post-colonial literature, gender studies, Jewish literature, African-American literature, rhetoric, and more.

Fast Facts
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What You'll Study

Explore centuries past and present, well rounded and well read


Experts in literature, from Geoffrey Chaucer to James Joyce

Whether your interest is Shakespeare, alternative music, or something in between, you’ll learn from Trinity’s English faculty, who teach and write about literature from a wide range of genres and periods.

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Betsy Winakur Tontiplaphol, Ph.D.
Department Chair
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Victoria Aarons, Ph.D.
O.R. & Eva Mitchell Distinguished Professor
Kelly Grey Carlisle
Kelly Grey Carlisle, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Duane Coltharp
Duane Coltharp, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Michael R. Fischer
Mike R. Fischer, Ph.D.
Janet S Dicke Professor in Public Humanities
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Greg Hazleton, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Environmental Studies Program Director
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Andrew Kraebel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
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Shaj Mathew, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
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Willis Salomon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Kathryn Vomero Santos
Kathryn Vomero Santos, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Student Opportunities

Explore your creativity while honing your writing skills.

Honors Programs

The English Honors Program allows students to work on a sustained research project or creative thesis over the course of an academic year.  


English majors learn to use state-of-the-art research tools as they develop their critical thinking skills. Advanced majors may participate in more...

Study Abroad

Study English language and literature through a different cultural lens in Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland.


Students may hold hands-on internships with local writing and publication firms, government agencies, or nonprofit organizations. 

Spaces and Facilities

In Trinity’s Writing Center, English students can gain work experience as peer tutors and writing consultants.

Student Publications

Trinity University and the Department of English produce several creative publications run by students.

Student Awards

The Coleen Grissom Award for Excellence is awarded to English honors students who show exceptional skill in the study of English-language literature.

Lecture Series

The Stieren Arts Enrichment Series brings to campus a distinguished array of outstanding leaders in the fields of communication and literature.

When You Graduate

When critical thinking is crucial

English alumni have gone on to prestigious graduate schools, law schools, and professional programs in the United States and around the world.


English alumni, among whom are award-winning poets, electronic engineers, and innumerable other successful professionals, excel in careers that require both critical and creative thinking.

Career Areas:

  • Business and Marketing
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Law
  • Media and Public Relations
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Publishing
  • Technology
  • U.S. Government

 Graduate Schools or Programs:

  • Business
  • Education
  • Law
  • MFA
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Theology

Notable Companies who have Hired Trinity Graduates:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • ESPN
  • NASA
  • Netflix
  • NFL
  • United Nations
  • Work & Co


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