In the past few years, our majors have interned at Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine, Condé Nast publishing, Pace Communications, the Cultural Department of Charleston, Our State magazine, The Broadway Channel and the Courier Post.


English majors can gain valuable publishing experience by editing and producing Apogee, the English department’s literary magazine. Apogee publishes fiction, poetry, personal essays and art from emergent and established writers and artists.

Digital Learning and Writing

English department students learn to navigate and create in the digital world, from digital storytelling to the use of social curation for research, from blogging about travel experiences to developing online portfolios.

Community Engagement

Our service-learning courses emphasize ethical practice and hands-on experience working with partner organizations. In our new Community Writing Center, faculty and students implement programs serving local children and adults.

Writing Culture

The HPU English Department hosts a year-long Phoenix Reading Series, which includes an annual fall literary festival. Visiting writers offer public readings and work directly with students on developing their craft. Past keynote festival readers include Chang-Rae Lee, John Barth, Robert Creeley, Quinn Dalton, James Dickey, Winston Groom, W.P. Kinsella, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham. Readers during the year-long series, such as our 2013 guests Bruce Machart, author of The Wake of Forgiveness, and Matthew Batt, author of Sugarhouse, visit classrooms and have lunch with students.

Study Abroad

English majors take advantage of HPU’s many opportunities for study abroad. English majors and minors studied in England, the Czech Republic, Italy and South Africa. English professors served as faculty-in-residence in Prague and Oxford. Our students report that the experience gives them new perspective on their personal and academic lives — as well as an enhanced ability to express it. View available programs from the Office of Study Abroad.