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 focus on close interaction between students and faculty, with multiple opportunities for students to pursue undergraduate research and internships, study abroad, and scholarship and award opportunities. We're proud that English majors have repeatedly won the Inez Bell Caskey award for undergraduate research in the humanities, as well as national awards from Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society.
We offer courses to meet a wide variety of student interests; here are our course descriptions for Fall 2014. A special offering for Fall 2014 is our Holocaust Literature class, which offers travel to Amsterdam, Berlin, and Munich. 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, a recent graduate and nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year, 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. We also sponsor an annual trip to the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA; this year's trip is set for March 21-23, 2014.
The acting department chair is Dr. Robert Prickett and the administrative assistant is Ms. Carol Schlabach. Summer office hours are 8:00 AM--5:30 PM, Mondays thru Thursdays, and 8:00 AM--11:30 AM on Friday. (The office is closed for lunch). Summer hours are in force through August 1st.
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.