Rice University

Department of English

  • Undergraduate

  • English students at Rice engage critically with literary and cultural texts and in the process develop an enduring habit of intellectual curiosity, artful articulation, and the capacity for creative thought--sophisticated and subtle skills which last a lifetime.

    Please feel free to visit the department or to meet with Professor Sarah Ellenzweig, Director of Undergraduate Studies. Prof. Joseph will hold office hours for students and we will post those at the start of the fall semester. Students should visit her for advice about the English major, your classes, your writing, or just to have a chat.

  • Author Spotlight

  • Melville

    Herman Melville, 1819-1891

    "Hell is an idea first born on an undigested apple-dumpling."

    –Herman Melville, author of Moby ***.


  • Announcements

  • Study abroad at the University of Exeter through the Rice English Department
    English majors who have completed both ENGL 200 and 300 and who have at least a 3.0 can apply to study abroad at the University of Exeter and receive Rice academic credit. For more information, please contact Dongming De Angelis in the Study Abroad Office and/or visit the Exeter website.The deadline is March 15th for the Fall semester and October 15th for Spring. Students should complete both the Rice and Exeter applications See more information about the application process and deadlines here.

    Congratulations to English Alumnus Ibrahim Khan!
    Rice alumnus Muhammad Ibrahim Khan is one of 32 U.S. students who has won the distinguished Marshall Scolarship for 2016. The scholarship funds American students pursuing graduate studies in the UK. Marshall Scholars are selected based on academic merit, leadership potential, and ambassadorial potential. Ibrahim graduated in 2013 from Rice with a B.A. in English and cognitive science, and is currently a graduate student at Dartmouth College. With the Marshall Scholarship, he will undertake a graduate degree in philosophy in Islamic studies and history at Oxford University. Read more at Rice News.