Department of English

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The Shakespeare Project

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The goal of The Shakespeare Project is to introduce area high school students to Shakespeare's works free of charge. We believe that the plays are of central importance to the education of young minds and have an edifying effect when presented in a dynamic, modern way. Also, area high school English teachers often find themselves having to teach or stage Shakespeare without having had any specific training in the subject. We offer our area high school teachers specialized training by renowned professionals. This too is free of charge. Once a year, then, The Shakespeare Project aims to put on eight consecutive performances, with professional actors and crew. Visit our website here.

Most of our English Administrators and Staff are working remotely as part of the COVID-19 continuity plan, but we are "virtually" here to assist you.

Therefore, please see our contact information below:

Department Head

Dr. Andrea Porter

aporter@jsu.edu 

Departmental Administrative Assistant

Ms. Susan Hurst

hurst@jsu.edu 

Undergraduate Advisor

Dr. Teresa Reed

treed@jsu.edu 

Graduate Advisor

Dr. Randy Davis

rdavis@jsu.edu 

Writing Center Coordinator

Ms. Mysti Nichols

mnichols1@jsu.edu 

Certification Advisor

Ms. Barbara Cook

bacook@jsu.edu 


Writing Clinic Scholarships Available

A major in English can be good preparation for continued graduate or professional training in areas such as English, law, political science/government, public administration, psychology, counseling, communications, and religious studies (i.e., seminary).

  • Develop a specialty area of interest via additional coursework and/or work experience for greater marketability within that specific career field.
  • Save samples of written work to be used for a portfolio.
  • Be prepared to be proactive, determined, assertive, and confident in order to secure freelance writing opportunities. Writers typically experience many rejections for each piece that is accepted for publication.
  • Cultivate other career opportunities in order to supplement a freelance writing income.
  • Obtain additional areas of expertise such as journalism, broadcasting, technical writing, or politics for specialized positions.
  • For careers in advertising or public relations be prepared to begin in an entry-level position.
  • A bachelor's degree in English is sufficient for many entry level positions in business and industry.
  • Appropriate teacher certification is required for public school teaching.
  • A graduate degree is required for teaching at the college or university level.

English majors choose a major that not only challenges them intellectually but gives them pleasure. They love to read and think that reading matters. Or they hope to be writers and have taken courses in creative writing to test their potential as poets, fiction writers, and dramatists. They may have taken courses in expository writing to polish their skills or to see if the essay and other non-fictional forms were their best genres for a writing career.

English majors believe in education as an end, not merely as a stepping-stone in the path to a career, but they are not necessarily impractical. They are idealists, but unless they have large trust funds or they expect an imminent inheritance or have immediate prospects for marrying into wealth, they need a career.
What an English major brings to career possibilities is the ability to think critically, speak articulately, write lucidly and precisely, and to read powerfully, deftly, and with understanding of subtleties and nuances. They know how language works and have the written and oral skills to communicate effectively.

JSU English Department Checksheet for students entering in the Fall of 2016 or Spring of 2017

JSU English Department Checksheet for students entering in  or after the Fall of 2017