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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.

Coursework within the English Department aims to develop your skills as a creative thinker and perceptive analyst and to ensure that you can apply these skills to written works, digital media, and the world around you. You’ll develop confidence in your written and oral communication skills, skills that are valued highly outside of the classroom. Our diverse curriculum, which features coursework in rhetoric and composition, literary and cultural studies, creative writing, and linguistics, will help you uncover and develop your skills and passions in a wide variety of areas, opening up career possibilities in law, teaching, writing, editing, publishing, library and information science, higher education, human resources, and a variety of other fields.

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Though my career path has been unexpected, my English degree from ECSU has continually been put to good use. Being able to clearly articulate yourself whether verbally or via writing is something that will serve you well in any field. I would encourage any current English major that your degree will not be put to waste and that there will be many, many open doors for you once you graduate. Don’t limit yourself!
Alee Rogan ‘15
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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
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In the News

Students work on a project for Professors Brian Day and Kristen Morgan's summer research institute.

Summer research institutes delve into literature, film and big data

June 04, 2024

Eastern Connecticut State University recently offered three one-week intensive courses to help students spark their academic and professional interests in the fields of English, film, theatre, business, economics and finance. Eastern’s Summer Research and Creative Activity Institutes took place on Eastern’s campus from May 20-24.


Eastern faculty win BOR teaching and research awards

June 03, 2024

Three Eastern faculty members were recognized at the conclusion of the 2023-24 academic year as part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) annual Board of Regents Faculty Awards. Assistant Professor of Education Kwangwon Lee won the statewide faculty research award; David Ballena, lecturer in the Music Department, was honored with the statewide teaching award for adjunct faculty; and Manuel Otero, assistant professor of English, received the Eastern campus-based teaching award.

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Eastern inducts hundreds into honor societies in spring 2024

May 16, 2024

More than 20 academic programs and departments at Eastern Connecticut State University recognized student achievements this spring 2024 semester during honor society inductions and award ceremonies.

Programs of Study

  • As an English major, you will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of courses. Core classes for all English majors ensure a smooth progression from high school to college-level and post-graduate writing. Tailored pathways within the major provide specialized training for teachers and creative writers, while those with other interests can work with their advisors to determine which courses best suit their interests in the present and goals for the future. Additionally, we offer career development courses that will equip you with the skills necessary for securing internships and succeeding in the workforce post-graduation. 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. An English minor and a Writing minor are 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's Women’s and Gender Studies 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 video essays – 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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