Department of English and Language Studies

Language is a powerful tool; it allows us to express ourselves, connect with others, and communicate ideas. If you love crafting your writing word by word, getting lost in the works of Ernest Hemingway, Toni Morrison, and Virginia Wolfe, or learning to communicate in brand new languages, English and language studies at Indiana University Kokomo might be a good fit for you! In the Department of English and Language Studies, you’ll develop practical skills you can take with you like thinking critically, communicating clearly, writing persuasively, researching effectively, and reading analytically.

IU Kokomo has been really supportive these past few years. I think an English degree gives me a head start to what law school can be. IU Kokomo has been the substantial tool to my success and the stepping stone to my dream coming true!

Coral Santos, Current English Student

When you choose to become a part of the Department of English and Language Studies, you have all kinds of exciting course options. Love movies? You can take courses in film studies. Want to improve your craft in your preferred writing genre? Enroll in courses in creative writing, creative nonfiction, and rhetoric. Been known as a bookworm your entire life? Sign up for courses in American, British, and children’s literature, and more! In our department, we offer a Bachelor of Arts in English, Spanish studies, an Irish studies minor, and several English minors.

Ready to get involved with your fellow bibliophiles, language lovers, and wordsmiths?

As a student in the Department of English and Language Studies at IU Kokomo, you can find your place in our many student organizations, like working as an editor or contributor to the campus-wide writing and research journal, Field! 

A Lifetime of Success

Students decode messages of love
There’s nothing more romantic than watching a film based on a Jane Austen novel. For decades, moviegoers — particularly of the female persuasion — have swooned over Colin Firth and Mathew Macfadyen’s smoldering Mr. Darcy in versions of Pride and Prejudice, and wept over the disappointments of and happy endings for Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson’s Dashwood sisters in Sense and Sensibility.
Students inducted into Spanish honor society
Fourteen Indiana University Kokomo students were honored for achievement in Spanish language, with induction into the the Omega Upsilon chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the collegiate national Spanish honor society. J.R. Pico, lecturer in Spanish, noted that students chosen for the honorary can apply for scholarships, attend conferences, and participate in events with members from other schools.
Veterans Court internship gives glimpse into legal career
A criminal justice class at Indiana University Kokomo led to the first steps towards a legal career for one student. Gabriel Retz connected with Judge Brant Parry, from Howard County Superior Court II, when Parry taught his criminal justice class, and often stayed after class to ask questions about careers in law. Noting his interest, Parry offered Retz an internship in the newly-established Veteran’s Court, which he administers.
Campus journal highlights student creativity, research
Read poetry, prose, and research, and see artwork created by Indiana University Kokomo students, with the release of Field: A Journal of Arts and Sciences. Matthew Fuller, an English major who served as managing editor, said having a place to publish work gives students a goal to attain. “It motivates students to continue creating,” he said. “It’s important to have a place to showcase that work.”