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Department of English

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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.

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.

Program Objectives

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.

Graduate Objectives

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.