“Stories are roads, stories are fences.”
—Paula Gunn Allen
The English Department at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo offers a well-rounded and balanced approach to the study of English through introductory and specialized courses in composition and literature. UH Hilo provides multicultural studies to reflect the diversity of our environment. The size of the English department makes for intimate class settings. The program allows for hands-on learning, close student-teacher relationships, and student-designed curriculum.
In addition to a foundation of traditional English topics, such as British and American literature, the UH Hilo program offers a range of alternative and global literary works: Pacific Islands literature, folklore, film, gender studies, and ethnic studies.
Upon completion of the English degree, students will be able to decode literature with critical understanding, while still maintaining a love of the written word. They will be able to form clear, effective bodies of work, while preserving their unique voice.
Droste Mission Statement
In 2010, the late Howard and Yoneko Droste, emeritus faculty of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo's Humanities Division, left a generous bequest to the English Department. The proceeds are used to benefit students in the department and to strengthen and enrich offerings in the English major.