The study of English develops essential skills for professional success and personal fulfillment: an understanding of language and its functions in society; fluency in written communication, in both practical and artistic applications; and a critical appreciation of literary works from diverse time periods and cultures. The most common career paths for English majors are writing, editing, and publishing; advertising and public relations; business administration and management; technical writing; and teaching at middle school, high school, or college levels. A major or minor in English is also an excellent choice for students considering graduate or professional study in the humanities, law, or business. The Department of English's internship program can provide students with valuable preprofessional experience and job placement opportunities, and the option to study abroad can enhance students' academic and cultural experiences.
In support of interdisciplinary studies, the Department of English participates in the African and African American Studies Program, the Honors Program, the International Studies Program, and the Women's Studies Program. For all students in the University, the Department of English offers General Education courses in writing, literature, language, and folklore.
Susan Latta (PhD, English: Rhetoric and Composition/Literary Theory, Purdue, 1995) is an Associate Professor in the department and currently serves as Director of Writing Programs. She regularly teaches classes on grammar, the history of English, composition theory, and literary criticism; she also designed and taught the department’s online technical writing class. She has had articles on composition, language, and media appear in scholarly publications including English Journal, Teaching English in the Two Year College, and English Leadership Quarterly and in book collections published both in the United States and Europe. She is also a copy editor for Journal of Community Engagement in Higher Education.
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Over the course of two days, students, staff, faculty, administrators, alumni, trustees, and Foundation board members celebrated Dean Sauer’s contributions to the Department, College, University, and community.