English at Rice offers a distinctively innovative Creative and Critical education. Unique among our peer institutions, our signature Creative and Critical curriculum integrates the creative aspects of the study of literature and the critical features of creative writing. Across research, reading, and writing, students and faculty encounter literature’s power to transform what we know and who we can be. Our courses examine how cultural forms and legacies shape our imagination and craft creative visions of the possible. We invite you to explore our department’s offerings. We promise that the work you do in English will open new worlds, alter how you see yourself, and profoundly imprint any path you pursue.