Study in the Department of English centers on writing, literature, and linguistics.
Those with special interests in composition will find courses in creative writing, practical and professional written communication, styles of writing, and rhetorical theory. For students whose primary concern is with literature, the Department offers work in British, European, American, and World prose, poetry, and drama. Also available for those preparing to teach English are courses in techniques in teaching English, Linguistics, and studies in English as a second language. The interdisciplinary minor of Small-Press Publishing is also housed in the English Department.
The department also offers Master’s level study in English and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Reflecting the changing conceptions of what constitutes English studies, the MA in English offers a range of courses in literature, creative writing, rhetoric, theory, and pedagogy. Students may design their programs to prepare for graduate work at the doctoral level in English and in other professional fields, to enhance their prospects for teaching in high school or community college, or to prepare for a variety of non-teaching occupations. The TESOL degree is designed to train professionals to teach people who are learning to speak English as another language, emphasizing the practical application of theory to the classroom. Students design a program of language instruction for their own particular setting and learn to revise, adapt, and assess the program as they progress in their studies.
The English Department has been accredited by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).