The Department of English

The mission of the Department of English is to provide transformative learning experiences in the multiple fields that comprise English Studies. To fulfill this mission, faculty teach students to read and think critically about texts, to write effectively and creatively for multiple audiences and in multiple contexts, and to apply best practices when teaching English in secondary and post-secondary settings. The department’s programs prepare English graduates to be productive, creative, ethical, and engaged citizens and to contribute to the intellectual, cultural, economic, and social advancement of our local and global communities. 

Our department offers Bachelor of Arts programs in English and Creative Writing and a Bachelor of Arts in Education program in English Education.  At the graduate level, the department offers a Master of Arts degree in English with major options in Composition and Rhetoric, Creative Writing, Traditional Studies, Twentieth- and Twenty-first-Century Film and Literature, and the Teaching of English as a Second Language (TESL). 

With twenty-five full-time faculty members, thirty part-time faculty members, twelve graduate teaching assistants and two professional staff members, we are one of the largest academic departments on campus.  Each semester, the Department of English serves more than 350 undergraduate majors, 125 graduate majors, and approximately 3,000 Core Curriculum writing students.

The Department of English sponsors a wide range of co-curricular programs including vibrant student organizations, public lectures, readings and book signings, film series, and publications including the College of Liberal Arts' literary journal, New Plains Review.  We invite you to learn more about our department and its diverse programs by exploring these webpages and by visiting our department, which is located in suites 101, 103, 105 and 221 of the Liberal Arts Building.