Department Chair - Jennifer A. Gehrman
Professors - Gordon P. Cheesewright, Larry K. Hartsfield, and Mary Jean Moseley
Associate Professors - Bradley P. Benz, Nancy K. Cardona, Shawn Fullmer, Jennifer A. Gehrman, Michele M. Malach, Faron L. Scott, and Delilah G. Orr
Assistant Professors - Leslie E. Blood, Kurt W. Lancaster, and Pamela M. Uschuck
The work offered in English deals with several aspects of liberal education: the linguistic and literary history of Western culture; selected studies in non-Western literature in translation; human values; the relationships between cultures in the Southwest; and written and oral communication, both utilitarian and creative.
Students with other majors find courses in English valuable for their general educational development. In addition, the English Department offers supporting courses for the Southwest Studies major, the Humanities major, and other courses in intercultural studies.
English advisors can help students plan courses of study preparing them for graduate or professional school; careers in business, industry, or government; careers in communications, theatre, or teaching.
The English major has four options:
The General option: A traditional English major; preparation for graduate or professional school.
The Communications option: An English major with an emphasis on mass media theory and practice; preparation for graduate school or industry.
The Writing option: An English major with an emphasis on writing; preparation for graduate school and writing-related careers.
The English for Secondary Teachers option: Preparation for secondary school teaching. Students must complete teacher licensure requirements in order to complete the English for Secondary Teachers option.
Minors in Literature, Communications, and Writing are available for students majoring in other disciplines.
Although the four options provide a wide range of choices in coursework tailored to students’ career and graduate school goals, students in all options share a core curriculum. This common curriculum is integrated around reading, critiquing, creating, and producing texts:
- Reading/Writing Texts-Engl 268
- A lower-division non-western or Classical literature course (numerous choices)
- A survey of British or American literature-Engl 230 or 240
- An upper-division writing course-Engl 315, 363, or 464
- An upper-division Topics course (numerous choices)
- Senior Seminar-Engl 496