Department of English

Choose English and Write Your Own Future!

The English Department allows you to write a degree program that will help you reach your career goals as you choose one of our six undergraduate concentrations: African American Literature, Creative Writing, ESL, Language and Linguistics, Literature, and Professional Writing.

In addition to our 300 undergraduate students, we have over 100 graduate students, pursuing Masters' Degrees, MFAs in Creative Writing, Graduate Certificates in ESL, African-American Literature Writing Studies, and PhDs.

English graduates succeed as lawyers, teachers, web designers, writers, administrators, journalists, and business professionals. With online degree programs and a variety of classes, the English major is flexible. English also works great as a second major or minor.

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Department of English News

  • Dr. Rebecca Adams was named a Freeburg Faculty Fellow for Spring 2020 by the Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities, congratulations Dr. Adams!
  • Dr. Donal Harris was named Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities director for the 2019-2020 academic year. 
  • Dr. Kathy Lou Schultz was recently awarded the Catherine and Charles Freeburg Professorship award by the College of Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Stephen Tabachnick was also awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Research Award for the Humanities. Congratulations to our amazing faculty members!
  • Bridget Wells, our academic advisor, was awarded the Dean's Award for Excellence in Advising by the College of Arts and Sciences- this is an award based on student input. Congratulations to Ms. Wells!
  • The Department of English has welcomed six new faculty members for the 2019-20 Academic Year. Join us in welcoming Dr. Bess R.H. Myers, Dr. Dean Clement, Dr. Don Rodrigues, Dr. Eric Schlich, Ms. Irene Amster, and Dr. Sharese Willis!


Department of English Upcoming Events

Marcus Orr Center Works-in-Progress Seminar

Tuesday, November 5th- 4pm @ Patterson Hall Room 221

The MOCH Works-In-Progress Seminar will hold its second meeting of the semester on Tuesday, November 5, at 4pm in the African American Reading Room (Patterson Hall 221). We will discuss Rebekkah Mulholland's chapter, "'Our main goal is to see gay people liberated": Gender Non-Conforming Women and Social Injustices," from her in-progress dissertation. We invite one and all to read, discuss, and enjoy some light refreshments afterwards.The MOCH Works-In-Progress Seminar is a forum for faculty and graduate students working in the humanities (as broadly defined as possible) to share and discuss their yet-to-be-finished work. For the full schedule, please visit our website by clicking here.

Spring 2020 Registration Begins November 11th!

If you haven't already, make sure you set up an appointment with your advisor as soon as possible! Check out a list of our course descriptions here (updating daily), and check out the Dynamic Schedule for a full list of our Spring 2020 course offerings.