Welcome to the English Department at Webster University. Here you will find professors and students who cultivate creativity, actively appreciate the beauty and power of great writing, and consistently strive to connect art with life. Our classes are small and discussion-oriented, and students are individually mentored by their professors and advisors.

Each English major chooses one of three emphases:

We also offer a minor in English and a minor and certificate in professional writing. In addition, we contribute to the interdisciplinary drama studies minor offered at our London campus

Our students graduate with not only a substantial knowledge of literature and excellent writing abilities, but also the general critical reading, thinking, and communication skills necessary to make a mark on the world in whatever way they see fit.

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Karla Armbruster

Karla Armbruster
Professor, English Department


Karla teaches courses in American literature, literary criticism, and professional writing. She holds a Ph.D. in English from The Ohio State University and has worked as a science writer and editor. Her primary research interests are ecocriticism, environmental literature, and animal studies. She is co-editor of Beyond Nature Writing: Expanding the Boundaries of Ecocriticism (U of Virginia P, 2001) and The Bioregional Imagination: Literature, Ecology and Place (U of Georgia P, 2012), and she is currently working on a book about representations of dogs in literature and popular culture.


Pearson House
8260 Big Bend Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63119

314-246-7170 (office)

Department Manager: Karen Miller