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 Gender Studies Program. For all students in the University, the Department of English offers General Education courses in writing, literature, language, and folklore.
2014–2015 Schick Lecturers
September 25, 2014: Barbara Keifer Lewalski, Harvard University. Author of The Life of John Milton: A Critical Biography, Milton's Brief Epic: The Genre, Meaning, and Art of Paradise Regained, Writing Women in Jacobean England, and other works.
October 9, 2014: Susan Griffin, University of Louisville. Author of Anti-Catholicism and Nineteenth-Century Literature, All a Novelist Needs: Colin Tóibín on Henry James, Henry James Goes to the Movies, The Painter's Eye: Notes and Essays on the Pictorial Arts, The Men Who Knew Too Much: Henry James and Alfred Hitchcock, and other works.
November 13, 2014: Cheryl Glenn, Pennsylvania State University. Author of Landmark Essays on Rhetoric and Feminism: 1973–2000, Rhetorical Education in America, Unspoken: A Rhetoric of Silence, Silence and Listening as Rhetorical Arts, Rhetoric Retold: Regendering the Tradition from Antiquity through the Renaissance, Making Sense: A Real-World Rhetorical Reader, and other works.
February 2015: William Rossi, University of Oregon. Editor of Thoreau's Walden, Civil Disobedience, and Other Writings, Wild Apples and Other Natural History Essays, Journal 6: 1853, Walden and Resistance to Civil Government, Journal 3: 1848–1851, and other works.
March 5, 2015: Ralph Hanna, University of Oxford. Author of London Literature, 1300–1380, Pursuing History: Middle English Manuscripts and Their Texts, William Langland, and other works.
As the year's program is completed, additional names will be added. And as our plans are formalized, specific dates and titles of lectures will be added.
All lectures begin at 3:30 in Root Hall A264.
2014-2015 Landini Memorial Speakers
At present, the program for the Landini series is not complete. Speakers and dates will soon be posted.
Matt Brennan, Professor of English, majored in English at Grinnell College and then earned an MA and a PhD at the University of Minnesota. Since 1985 he has taught a variety of courses at ISU: freshman writing, poetry writing, world and British literature surveys, literature and the visual arts, and British romanticism. He has published five books of poetry, most recently The House with the Mansard Roof, as well as critical books on Wordsworth, on the Gothic, and on Southern antebellum writer William Gilmore Simms.
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