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Help others find the right words for a lifetime.

With insight and expertise, our faculty guide students in expanding their ability to read the written word and thereby better read the world. English studies is a proven gateway into any number of professional paths. Our students gain critical analysis skills; cultural awareness through diverse literatures; an understanding of the power of language and how it functions; the use of language creatively for exposition, persuasion, and artistic effect; and, perhaps most important, the ability to adapt to what comes next. English graduates walk away with tremendous growth potential for an ever-changing world.

English Programs

We offer four major tracks designed to prepare students for a wide array of careers or graduate study. Minors complement a student’s major to increase their areas of knowledge and improve their competitiveness on the job market or for graduate study. With planning, students can easily add one or more minors to their major without delaying their graduation date.

Students may also major in one of our English tracks and pursue one of our other minors, such as majoring in creative writing and minoring in technical and professional writing.


  • Creative Writing
  • Literature
  • Professional Writing and Digital Rhetoric
  • Secondary Education (English)

The major and minor programs link below provides detailed information about department course offerings and outlines relevant curriculum sequences.  Majors who have opted to remain in their pre-integration program of study (OLD) or those who are commencing with, or transitioning to, the integrated Commonwealth University curriculum (NEW), should carefully review the applicable checklist with their advisor to ensure they are meeting necessary requirements.

Major and Minor Programs

Fall 2024 Courses

Tutor guides fellow student through a writing assignment at the Writing and Literacy Engagement Studio (WALES) Resources

Writing and Literacy Engagement Studio (WALES) Resources

We enjoy easing the writing process for all students from any background. We also enjoy helping students develop strategies for reading and making sense of research and course material. Students set the agenda for each appointment — whether you’re concerned about reading material, about getting started on a writing project, about improving clarity, grammar, organization, or citations, or about any other aspect of reading, writing, or the English language.

Mitchell S. Jackson speakers during the Big Dog Reading Series

Big Dog Reading Series

Listen to and meet nationally famous, award-winning writers, such as Mitchell S. Jackson, who come to campus for the Big Dog Reading Series.

English Faculty and Staff

Mark Decker

Mark Decker, Ph.D.

  • Chair of the Department of English, Professor, Director of Interdisciplinary Studies
Michael Martin

Michael Martin, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor English/Director of the Professional Writing and Digital Rhetoric Program