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. Descriptions of our courses for Spring 2016 are now available.
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 for students and faculty.
The acting department chair is Dr. Casey Cothran and the administrative assistant is Ms. Carol Schlabach. Summer office hours are 8:00 AM--5:30 PM, Mondays thru Thursdays, and 8:00-11:30 Friday. (The office is not normally closed for lunch.) Fall and spring hours are 8:30 AM --5:00 PM, Mondays thru Friday. (The office is not normally closed for lunch)
If you need an override for a course, please fill out the attached form and you will hear back within 2 - 3 working days (unless there are special circumstances).
The department also houses the Winthrop University Core Writing Courses. 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.