Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of English is to offer a superior education in the areas of literary studies, composition, and technical writing. Recognizing that original research and effective teaching are complementary, the Department of English promotes the advancement of knowledge in those stated disciplines through the dissemination of peer-reviewed publications and scholarly presentations. Finally, the Department seeks to provide public assistance and programming through civic involvement, when necessary, in keeping with the expertise of its faculty and students.

Graduate Objectives

Graduate Studies in English Handbook and Forms

The graduate program is designed to prepare students for a variety of professions, including teaching, publishing, editing, journalism, and technical writing. Graduate students will often continue on to doctoral programs in English or Comparative Literature; they may also enter law or other professional schools.

The objectives of the graduate program are to:

  • Provide a comprehensive understanding in the traditional fields of English and American Literature as well as the specialized field of Technical Writing;
  • Advance the knowledge in those disciplines through the dissemination of nationally peer-reviewed research and scholarly presentations;
  • Offer knowledge and techniques in current research methods and scholarly practice;
  • Develop in students a mastery of essential skills in oral and written communication.
The Department of English offers the following graduate options:
  • Graduate e-certificate in Technical Writing: Though not a graduate degree, the e- certificate is designed to confirm graduate training in technical writing.
  • Master of Arts in English: An MA in English is designed for those students who seek an advanced knowledge and training in British and American literature or technical writing.
Requirements for the Master of Arts in English are found in the University catalog.