Professors Bendel-Simso, Carpenter, Kachur (Department Chair), Mangan and Regis; Associate Professors Dobson and Jasken; Assistant Professors Muhlhauser, Ursin and Wronski-Mayersak; Senior Lecturers Nida and Spence; and Adjunct Lecturers Byrnes, Greisman, McHugh and Ord.
Areas of particular teaching interest: Professor Bendel-Simso: 19th- and 20th-century American literature, Southern literature; Professor Carpenter: modern British literature, Victorian literature, colonial/post-colonial literature and theory; Professor Dobson: rhetoric, literary nonfiction, and advanced writing; Professor Jasken: professional writing and community engagement.; Professor Kachur: 18th- and 19th-century British literature, gothic literature, postmodernism; Professor Mangan: creative writing, American literature, women’s literature; Professor Muhlhauser: multimedia authoring, visual rhetoric; Professor Nida: composition, Appalachian literature, women’s literature; Professor Regis: colonial and 19th-century American literature, the novel, popular literature; Professor Spence: linguistics, grammar, nature writing; Professor Ursin: American and African American literature, historical fiction, literature of the black diaspora; Professor Wronski-Mayersak: medieval literature, mysticism, drama, and critical theory.
The English Department strives to equip our students to read and think critically and creatively and to express themselves in lucid speech, writing, and design. To accomplish this, our students:
- Read a broad variety of literatures in English in their historical, social, cultural, political, economic, and psychological contexts;
- Write within scholarly and creative genres;
- Analyze and evaluate oral, written and visual modes of expression through the use of literary and rhetorical theory;
- Produce print and digital texts designed for multiple audiences.
Our goal is to foster reflective, dedicated, lifelong learners.
The study of English has enabled graduates to succeed in advanced study in a variety of fields, and to pursue a broad range of career paths, including teaching at all levels, journalism, professional writing, business, library science, social work, government service, public relations, and law.
Other educational options in English: Minors in Literature, Writing, and Journalism and New Media.
Please see English teacher certification requirements in English.
Please see the dual majors with Political Science and Theatre Arts .
To receive Honors in English, a student must:
· Have a grade point average of 3.50 or above in all courses taken in the major,
· Earn an “A” in ENG 4492, and
· Have the recommendation of the English department.
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