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The Department of English at UW-Stevens Point serves to educate students in the liberal studies of language and literature, which foster communication, critical reading, and critical thinking skills. We believe that studying and responding to literature play a crucial role in a liberal arts education that will help students become active and aware participants in our complex culture.

Our English Department faculty pride themselves on the attention they give individual students to help them further and widen their interests and develop their strengths. Our majors are connected with enriching career development opportunities, including work in our student-staffed independent university press.

Building Versatile, Vital Skills

Placement Requirements

Sophomores may take 300 level courses with approval of the department chair. English majors may take 200 level courses as second semester freshmen. Get information about our minors and majors or requirements for the English honors program.

Cornerstone Press

The only press of its kind in the University of Wisconsin system, Cornerstone Press is one of four undergraduate, student-staffed presses in the United States. Our independent publishing and teaching press is located in the Collins Classroom Center on the UWSP main campus.

Student Clubs

Find a group to develop your writing outside of the classroom. Search SPIN for a chance to connect with other writers. Write for a campus magazine, for a student newspaper, or share your poetry in the Rising Voices Poetry Club.

Department Scholarships

Scholarships in the Department of English can either require an application, submission of essay or poetry, or be granted by faculty nomination.
Cornerstone Press book covers

We are shining a spotlight on 40 years of achievements in the Cornerstone Press!

April 5, 2024
Cornerstone Press 40th Anniversary Gala

Dreyfus University Center Alumni Room
6:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

By the Numbers

Majors employed within a year

In the News

Career-Ready Experiences

Connections Project

Develop skills leading students and developing your own curriculum. Connections Project involves students enrolled in English 381-Reading for the English Teacher and provides hands-on practicum in middle and secondary school settings.

English High and Low Trip

Students will study contemporary scholarship in England during a summer study abroad course. Highlights include the Charles Dickens Museum, John Keats House in London, visit to the Sherlock Holmes statue in front of Baker Street tube station, and a day trip to Bath.


Students apply their knowledge and build on their foundational knowledge by working for a host of organizations, on and off campus.

University Writers

Students develop their work in University Writers club and publish the best of it in Barney Street, an outstanding student-run literary magazine.

Meet English Department Faculty!

The English Department offers a range of student-centered activities, from career workshops to speakers’ groups, to creative writing workshops. Our faculty offices are located in the Collins Classroom Center.

Rebecca Stephens

  • Professor
  • Department Chair, English
College of Letters and Science, Department of English

James Berry

  • Associate Professor of English
  • Language Study Interdisciplinary Certificate Coordinator
  • UWSP Summer ESL Program Coordinator
College of Letters and Science, Department of English, School of Humanities and Global Studies

Lauren Gantz

  • Associate Professor
  • Women’s and Gender Studies, Coordinator
College of Letters and Science, Department of English, School of Humanities and Global Studies