Department of English

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Department of English Mission Statement

Using innovative teaching approaches, the Department of English empowers students to write and communicate across numerous current and emerging fields, to think critically, and to solve problems creatively. At all levels of instruction--from first-year composition through graduate classes--the Department of English establishes a firm foundation for students to begin their exploration of the world and, for English majors, builds on that foundation with opportunities to enrich their cultural and intellectual lives through classes that emphasize deep analysis, careful research, and rigorous writing across several fields including the study of literature, creative writing, and professional writing. The Department of English both serves the needs of the University and strives to become a destination department for those students whose personal goals and intellectual curiosity align with the Department’s mission.

Cool Classes for Fall 2023

 A flyer for EH 205, literature for life - A fall 2023 class that meets Tuesday and Thursdays from 2:30 - 4 pm

EH 205 Literature for Life, Stranger Things

If you like the Netflix series Stranger Things, you'll love the spooky stories from early literary history. Counts for the university literature sequence requirement. Prerequisite(s): EH 102, EH 104, or EH 106.
A flyer for EH 251, introduction to creative writing. This class fills the fine arts elective. Section 1 meets MWF from 11:15 am - 12:15 pm, Section 2 meets Tuesday-Thursday from 11 am - 12:30 pm, or Section 3 is fully online. Taught by Professor Emrys Donaldson or Dr Kimberly Southwick-Thompson, published fiction writer and poet. Explore description, dialogue, observation and more

EH 251 Introduction to Creative Writing

Introduction to the craft of imaginative writing, the landscape of contemporary literature, and the writer as artist. Students will engage with contemporary arts culture. Introductory course for the Creative writing minor genre-specific workshop courses. Prerequisite(s): EH 101, EH 103, or EH 105.
A flyer for EH 252, introduction to game studies- This hybrid class that is mostly on campus meets MWF 12:30 - 1:30 pm. Taught by Dr. Car Marta Messina

EH 252 Intro to Game Studies

An introduction to the study of games, including how to design, analyze, and write for games. No prerequisites required. 

A flyer for EH 308, intro to linguistics- This hybrid class is taught MWF from 11:15 -12:15 by Dr. Rashad Ahmed. Open to any student interested in speaking or writing!

EH 308 Intro to Linguistics

An overview of the fundamental concepts and methods of linguistic science (phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntax). Prerequisite(s): EH 102, EH 104, or EH 106.

Flyer for EH 323, writing for the workplace. This online asynchronous course is taught by Instructor Rodney Bailey. Counts for professional writing major/minor.

EH 323 Writing for the Workplace

Writing skills, practices, and genres for the workplace, such as resumes, job applications, memos, emails, and reports, that support business processes and communication for diverse audiences. (Writing Intensive Course). Prerequisite(s): EH 102, EH 104, or EH 106.

Flyer for EH 326, science fiction and fantasy literature. This is a hybrid MWF course from 10 am - 11 am. Taught by Susan Dean.

EH 326 Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature

A study of texts from the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres from their origins to modern day. Prerequisite(s): EH 102, EH 104, or EH 106.

A flyer for EH 331, writing for social media. This class is taught by Dr Allegra Smith and will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 - 4 pm

EH 331 Writing for Social Media

Writing style, research methods, rhetorical strategy, and best practices for social media content on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other platforms. (Writing Intensive Course). Prerequisite(s): EH 102, EH 104, or EH 106.

A flyer for EH 332, writing for podcasts. Script, record, and edit with Dr. Cara Messina on Tuesdays and Thursdays this fall.

EH 332 Writing for Podcasts

Study and practice of rhetorical strategies, writing styles, genres, research methods, ethical considerations, and best practices for writing podcast content. (Writing Intensive Course). Prerequisite(s): EH 102, EH 104, or EH 106.
A flyer for EH 351, creative writing fiction. This course will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 am - 12:30 pm this fall. Taught by Professor Emrys Donaldson

EH 351 Creative Writing: Fiction

A course focused on analyzing published fiction, reading and commenting on the writing of classroom peers, and producing original fiction for discussion in a workshop format. Prerequisite(s): EH 251 or approval of instructor.

Flyer for EH 355, publishing practicum. This fall course will be in-person, and taught by Dr Kimberly Southwick-Thompson on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:45 - 3:15 pm

EH 355 Publishing Practicum

A course focused on the field of literary publishing through work on a literary journal and other smaller publications; topics include manuscript selection, layout, design, aesthetic considerations, and marketing strategies, among others relevant to a career in publishing. Prerequisite(s): EH 251 or approval of the instructor.

A flyer for EH 491, English internship. This fully online class is taught by Dr. Allegra Smith

EH 491 English Internship

Provides direct experience and application of principles, concepts and theories acquired in coursework with an emphasis on writing in a professional organization while giving students the opportunity to gain work/career experience in service/learning or business/corporate settings. For English majors and minors. Grade: Pass/Fail. Prerequisite(s): Completion of at least 6 hours of 300+ English classes and permission of the Department Chair and sponsoring faculty member.