Department of English
The discipline known as "English" embraces a wide range of interests: from literature written in the English language in the British Isles and America to the creation of literature to the formal study of language, composition, and rhetoric.
The Department of English welcomes students who have interests in all of these areas and offers preparation for graduate study and professional employment in a variety of areas where the close examination of written texts and the power and effectiveness of language is important. We offer courses to meet a wide variety of student interests; click this link for course descriptions for the Spring 2014 semester.
Students who major in English may find employment not only as professors, scholars, literary critics, and teachers, but as public relations representatives, lawyers, politicians, bankers, technical writers, poets, novelists, journalists---the possibilities are virtually endless. See what English major Jeanne Stroud has to say about her experiences in the department.
Students and faculty in the Department engage in a variety of research and creative activities outside the classroom, culminating in each year's Undergraduate-Graduate Research Celebration in early spring. One such project is Dr. Gregg Hecimovich's research on The Bondwoman's Narrative, which was recently profiled in The New York Times.
The acting department chair is Dr. Robert Prickett and the administrative assistant is Ms. Carol Schlabach. The office is generally open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
The department also houses the Winthrop University Writing Program; its website is in the process of being converted to the new system. The Director of Freshman Composition is Dr. Siobhan Brownson.
Read more about The Correct Use of Borrowed Information. Read more about the Rubric for Composition and English courses.