Jul 16, 2019  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

English and Modern Languages

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Professors Barstow (emerita), Blackwell, Chiarenza (emeritus), Frank, Grant (emeritus), Grossberg (Director of Creative Writing), Logan (emeritus), Rockas (emeritus), Ross (emeritus), Stacy (emeritus), Stores, Stull (emeritus)
Associate Professors Cupolo, Ealy, Highberg, Jones, Sinche (Chair), Smith (emeritus), Sochacki (Clinical), Stevenson (emerita), Striff
Assistant Professors Richards, Rivera


The English major invites students to explore traditions and innovations in literary study. Students majoring in English learn to read literature from a variety of critical perspectives and acquire understanding of literary genres and historical periods. English majors concentrating in creative writing learn to write in the various forms of creative and expository writing and become familiar with different critical perspectives on writing. Majors in English are encouraged to integrate their studies with interdisciplinary courses sponsored by cross-disciplinary programs, such as African American Studies and Gender Studies.

A degree in English aims to instill an informed understanding of literature, a critical awareness of the interactions between literature and culture, and a mastery of the expressive and interpretive skills necessary for success in any career.

The Department of English and Modern Languages offers a special program for students desiring a degree in Secondary Education in English. The curriculum features a combination of English courses and education courses set forth in a programmatic structure that includes practice teaching. The prescribed courses provide not only a theoretical base according to the state requirements but also a practical application of carefully considered educational principles. In addition, students in this program receive a solid grounding in the essentials of the subject matter that they will go on to teach.

The department also offers minors in foreign languages and cultures: French, Italian, and Spanish.

Each student should plan a program of study in consultation with a department advisor.

Writing Requirement

In elective courses above the first-year level, writing and literature courses in the Department of English have minimum writing requirements of 3,000 words, including examinations and essays in and out of class. Writing courses often require more than 5,000 words.


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