ne of the most
rewarding of intellectual pursuits, the major in English is intended to improve
reading, writing, and research skills and to develop the student’s critical and
creative thinking. Our award-winning faculty is dedicated to teaching, while
also advancing the field of literary studies through their original research
and publications. The English curriculum offers classes in significant works of
British and American literature, as well as advanced courses in writing and
communication that will prepare the student for success in a variety of fields.
A degree in English can lead to careers in publishing, editing, advertising,
public relations, or government service or prepare students for graduate study
in English. Students choosing the technical writing concentration or minor will
find rewarding career opportunities in business, industry, and the professions.
With many electives in the curriculum, English is one of the most flexible,
useful, and rewarding of degrees.
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.
The major in English is designed to prepare students
for a variety of fields, including teaching, publishing, editing,
technical writing, advertising, public relations, and government
service. The major in English is an excellent pre-professional major
for fields such as law, medicine, journalism or business, and provides
a necessary platform for those wishing to continue on to graduate
programs in English as well as other disciplines.
Specifically, the objectives of the undergraduate program are to:
- Provide a knowledge of the authors, genres,
periods, terms, theories, and concepts important for an understanding
of literatures written in English;
- Provide an understanding of the theories and techniques used in current research methods and scholarly practice;
- Develop the essential skills needed for effective oral and written communication;
- Offer training in technological skills necessary for success in the 21st century.
The Department of English offers the following degree options:
- Bachelor of Arts in English: A major in
English is designed for those who are predominantly interested in a
training grounded in traditional literary studies.
- Bachelor of Arts in English with a
Concentration in Technical Writing: A major in English with a
concentration in technical writing is for those students who wish to
pursue the more specialized field of technical communication.
- Minor in English: A minor in English is designed for those who have a strong interest in English as a secondary subject.
- Minor in Technical Writing: A minor in
Technical Writing is designed for those who have a strong interest in
the special field of technical writing.
Requirements for English majors and minors are found in the University catalog.
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:
The Department of English offers the following graduate options:
- 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.
Requirements for the Master of Arts in English are found in the University catalog.
- 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