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Department of English

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The Department of English offers a number of majors and minors as well as courses in support of American Studies, Women’s Studies, teacher certification programs, the Liberal Arts Core and the University Honors program. English majors learn to engage with the complexity and versatility of the English language and literature.

Courses in the English Department:

  • Cultivate your skills in critical and creative thinking
  • Deepen your ability to glean pertinent ideas from reading and research
  • Refine your skills as a writer and communicator
  • Develop your ability to evaluate competing points of view
  • Broaden your perspective on the world
  • Enable you to explore and consider human emotions and values

The study of language and literature prepares students for careers and/or further study in:

  • Editing and Publishing
  • Law
  • Library and Information Science
  • Writing
  • Public Relations
  • Teaching
  • Business
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Dispatches from the Pandemic

First-year college students in Honors 150 were asked to document their experience of the pandemic as their final class project.

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Department Chair
Dr. Stephen Ferruci
Webb Hall Rm. 230
(860) 465-0653
(860) 465-4580
Ms. Miranda Lau
Webb Hall Rm. 225
(860) 465-4570
(860) 465-4580
Associate Chair
Dr. Kenneth McNeil
Webb Hall Rm. 234
(860) 465-4578
(860) 465-4580
group of english majors receive awards
english majors speaking at forum
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Programs of Study

  • Eastern’s English major provides students with exciting educational and career options. Introductory, writing intensive, and senior capstone courses required of all majors provide students with a solid foundation for future success. The faculty are passionate about teaching and dedicated to helping students explore their interests while developing their skills as critical thinkers, perceptive readers and effective writers. Concentrations include General English Studies, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, English for Early Childhood/Elementary Education, English for Secondary Education, Literary Studies, Rhetoric and Composition and Student-Designed. An English minor is also available to students in other majors. An English concentration is also available in the Liberal Studies major.

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  • The Liberal Studies major at Eastern is offered exclusively to students who are preparing to become elementary or early childhood educators. Students may complete the undergraduate education program or enroll in the Early Start master’s degree program to earn their certification. The program offers concentrations in the Natural Sciences, History/Social Sciences, English, Mathematics and Environmental Earth Sciences to prepare students for certification as early childhood or elementary teachers and develop in-depth expertise in a single subject.

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  • Eastern is the only public university in Connecticut with a major in Women’s and Gender Studies. The program offers a quality undergraduate education in gender scholarship. Students learn about the achievements and activism of women and other historically underrepresented groups as they consider how gender and other identities shape social experiences. Students think about social change in informed ways and are able to apply their acquired knowledge, analytical skills and competencies to their careers and everyday life. A minor in Women's and Gender Studies is also available.

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  • Students in the Writing minor explore writing from the imaginative to the persuasive, from fiction to political blogs, from graphic novels to digital hypertexts – as writers and critics. Students develop interests and goals, whether in creative writing, rhetoric, business writing, editing and publishing, or any combination of these.

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