College of Arts & Sciences

Department of English, Philosophy & Modern Languages



Welcome to the English Program


The mission of the undergraduate English Program is to provide students with an understanding and appreciation of the development and aesthetic achievement of literatures in English, including the cultural, linguistic, and historical influences on English, American and world literatures. 


Our program has three  primary areas of study -- Literature, Linguistics, and Creative Writing -- and offers two majors: the B.A. in English and the B.A. in English with the Teaching Licensure Option.  We also offer two minors: the English Minor (with emphasis on Professional Writing, Creative Writing, or Literature) and the English Minor with the Teaching Licensure Option.


Our faculty is dedicated to the teacher-scholar model of higher education, and our faculty members are engaged in research and writing projects that support and extend the work of the classroom.


For more detail, please see the individual plans of study listed to the right, and contact our Department Chair, Professor Tami Haaland,  with any questions.



Upcoming Courses: Fall 2018


Faculty in English

Dr. Rachel Schaffer
Professor of English
Department Chair

Dr. David Craig
Director of the Honors Program
Adjunct Professor of English 

Dr. Brian Dillon
Professor of English

Tami Haaland
Professor of English

Dr. Thomas Nurmi
Assistant Professor of English
Faculty Profile

Dr. Bernard Quetchenbach
Professor of English

  Dr. Deborah Schaffer
Professor of English

Majors in English


Minors in English


Why English?