The English department is composed of 15 full-time faculty members and over 190 majors in English and Writing. The vitality of our commitment to the classroom is evidenced in the many changes we have made in our curriculum.
At Drake, courses are taught by professionally accomplished faculty members who work closely and carefully with their students. The typical English course enrolls 25 students; a Writing course will enroll no more than 20; and an upper-level seminar is limited to 15. Such class sizes insure that academic work receives the attention it deserves, and many of our faculty schedule one-on-one meetings with their students to discuss and evaluate their progress.
It is certainly worth noting that in that in their class evaluations, most of our students recommend our courses and professors to other students, a testimony to the quality of the experience we provide.
In addition to the classroom, the department sponsors a number of other activities—like the Susan Glaspell Writers & Critics lecture series and the Periphery literary magazine—that contribute to "extra-curricular" learning.