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Professors: Bernardin, Crane, Lee, Payne; Associate Professors: Black, Doughty (Chair), Ferrara, Finin, Hecht, Hovis, Sadow, Tredennick; Assistant Professors: Yatsuhashi


The English Department offers programs in literature and composition, English education, creative writing, linguistics, classics, and professional writing designed to create competent, analytic, and literate professionals for a variety of careers. Graduates in English are highly prized by business, government, and the professions. Women and men trained in communicating and knowledgeable about the central issues of human culture are well prepared to enter such fields as law, public service, medicine, business, and the social sciences because such graduates evince the ease, flexibility, confidence, and skills that make them effective communicators, thinkers, and problem solvers. English majors enter such professions as law, medicine, and commerce, and are prepared for careers in education, government service, and such private-sector areas as administration, advertising, buying, insurance, customer service, editing, journalism, management, personnel, public relations, publishing, sales, on-the-job training and instruction, and writing.


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Professional Writing

Requirements for the Majors

English: The English major includes thirteen courses (39 s.h.): an introductory course; a composition course; a critical theory course; a Shakespeare course; four survey or period courses; three 300-level courses drawn from departmental offerings in composition, creative writing, linguistics, and/or American, English, and world literatures; a multicultural literature course; and a seminar (capstone) course with a research-writing component.

Requirements for the Minors

Classical Studies: The Classical Studies Minor allows students to take a variety of courses that are grounded in a particular time period but not limited to a particular discipline. Such a minor is of interest and value to students in disciplines such as Anthropology, Art History, English, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Romance Languages, and Theater. The Classical Studies Minor consists of 6 s.h. of required coursework that combines study of either Greek and Roman history or Greek and Roman literatures, with instruction in ancient languages (either Latin or Greek). An additional 12 s.h. of electives are required, to be chosen from a list of more than sixteen course offerings from a range of departments. (18 s.h. total)

Creative Writing: The Creative Writing Minor is designed for those who wish to supplement their major academic work in another discipline by developing their interest or talent in writing fiction, poetry, or creative prose; it includes six courses (18 s.h.): two required courses and four workshop and/or independent-study courses.

English: The English Minor is designed for those who wish to supplement their major academic work in another discipline with work in English; it includes six courses (18 s.h.): one in composition, and five selected from any 200- or 300-level Department offerings.

Linguistics: The Linguistics Minor is designed for those who wish to supplement their major academic work in another discipline with the study of language; it requires six courses (18 s.h.): a required introductory course in linguistics and five other courses in linguistics approved by the Department.

Professional Writing: The Professional Writing Minor is designed for those students who wish to supplement their major academic work (either in English or in other disciplines) with a variety of workplace writing courses. Comprised of three required courses and three electives (18 s.h. total), the minor helps prepare students for writing in business, government or non-profit, legal, scientific or technical contexts, as well as for careers in publishing or editing.

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