Department of English and Linguistics
College of Arts and Sciences
Liberal Arts Building 145 ~ 260-481-6841
Hardin Aasand, Chair and Professor
Andrew Kopec, Lead Advisor
Debrah Huffman, Director of Writing
Lewis Roberts, Graduate Director
Shannon Bischoff, Program Director, Teaching English as a New Language
Abe Schwab, Program Director, Medical Ethics
Charlene Elsby, Director of Philosophy
Damian Fleming, Program Director, Medieval Studies minor
Shanté Howard, Secretary
Carrie Adams, Secretary
Kathryn Quill-Gaschler, Secretary Graduate and TENL Programs
The Department of English and Linguistics offers courses that cover all periods of British and American literature; in special topics, such as children’s literature; and in writing, film study, linguistics, folklore, and mythology. Degree programs in English and minors in creative writing, English, folklore, linguistics, and professional writing are designed for students who desire a humanistic education. The program in English offers excellent preparation for many different careers.
Literary study provides a basis for understanding various forms of cultural expression; writing skills are a powerful tool in an age dominated by information technologies; linguistics teaches the structure and function of language; folklore introduces the student to voices otherwise neglected by a dominant culture. The Bachelor of Arts with a major in English is appropriate for those who wish to enter a graduate or professional school. Degree options also prepare students for careers in teaching, writing, and business communications.
The Teaching English as a New Language (TENL) certificate program is offered through the department at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The Medical Ethics certificate is also offered as both an undergraduate and a post-baccalaureate program. Other minors available include Philosophy; and Professional and Applied Ethics.
For details on these programs, see Program Descriptions in this catalog.
For details on pursuing a secondary education second degree (BSEd) to teach English in middle school/high school, click on the links to the Secondary Education - Second Degree Program and the School of Education page in this catalog. Note: The BSEd as a second degree in these programs cannot be earned without completion of the bachelor’s degree in the content area from the College of Arts and Sciences.