About Us

Charlotte Carlson


EducationB.A. English Education, University of Illinois M.Ed. English/Reading, University of Illinois Professional AssociationsCalifornia Association of Teachers of English Nati...

Kari Climer


EducationB.A. in English and Religious Studies, University of Illinois MA in Teaching, University of North CarolinaCourses TaughtEnglish I English I Honors Advanced Placemen...

Victoria Harrison


EducationPhD with distinction in English, Rutgers University Dissertation: Rebel in Shades and Shadows: the Poetics and Politics of Elizabeth Bishop MA in English, Rutgers Univ...

Hilary Orr


Education B.A. English, Santa Clara University M.A. English, San Jose State University Single Subject Credential English San Jose State University Professional Associations ...

Nicole Pfaff


EducationM.A., English and Education (teaching), University of San Francisco Single subject credential Courses TaughtEnglish II Monsters: Our Dark Mirror Tapestry of VoicesPerso...

What does a fictional hero’s journey mean? Or a shared conversation between characters?  Or a walk in the rain?  The study of language and literature is a glass on the world, a view of the human condition.  Students can unlock hidden truths, discover a world where a road leads to a quest, listen to a conversation that resonates within their own souls, find the healing qualities in a walk in the rain.  They can follow an unexpected twist on a character, explore the depths of symbol and metaphor, experience the eloquence of language, and as always plumb below the surface of prose, poetry and drama.  In addition to exploring literature, students discern the nuances of communication through writing and rhetoric.

Fast Facts about the Notre Dame English Department

  • Walking field trips to plays at City Lights, the San Jose Repertory Theater and other downtown stages
  • Biennial theater trip to London
  • 8 UC/CSU approved senior electives
  • Research-based fiction and nonfiction projects
  • Application of academic learning to the real world--letters to the editor of real-life newspapersAuthentic projects for students to address rhetorical concepts like style, syntax, voice in the study of political debates and other current events
  • Blogs and discussion forums for student response to reading
  • Flipped teaching
  • Experiential learning field trips
    • the freshmen to Hakone Gardens to study Japanese culture in conjunction with their summer reading
    • the juniors to Angel Island to study immigration and aspects of the American Dream