Carnegie Mellon University

In layers of meaning, in the midsts of the creative process, in intellectual breakthroughs, in rigorous research, in unique careers across disciplines, in a rapidly changing world in which empathetic, deep-thinkers are sorely needed...English is here.  

Situated at the heart of Carnegie Mellon University, an exciting hub of cutting-edge research and inquiry, the Department of English offers students a place to explore vital questions with humanistic complexity and creativity.

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Research and Education Innovation

Our faculty are passionate scholars, tough-love mentors, and leading minds in their fields. The Department of English at CMU is at the forefront of humanities-based research and educational innovation in the English discipline.


14 Academic Programs

From Freshman Writing to Doctoral Research


12:1 Student Ratio

Our intimate class sizes define us


100+ Years of English

The English B.A. was first offered at CMU in 1919

Spotlight: Short Story Machine

The Department of English debuts Short Edition, a short-story vending machine dispensing the work of CMU creative writing faculty. 

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Department of English Events

Who is the human in media philosophy? Though media philosophers have argued since the twentieth century that media are fundamental to being human, this question has not been explicitly asked and answered in the field. Armond R. Towns demonstrates that humanity in media philosophy has implicitly referred to a social Darwinian understanding of the human as a Western, white, male, and capitalist figure. Using Black studies and cultural studies, Towns develops an insightful critique of this dominant conception of the human in media philosophy on his way to building a foundation for Black media philosophy.