Feb 27, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

English and Linguistics

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Department of English and Linguistics
College of Arts and Sciences

Liberal Arts Building 145 ~ 260-481-6841

Hardin Aasand, Chair
Andrew Kopec, Lead Advisor
Debrah Huffman, Director of Writing
Lewis Roberts, Graduate Director
Shanté Howard, Administrative Assistant
Carrie Adams, Administrative Assistant


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 Certificate  (TENL) is offered through the department at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The Medical Ethics Certificate  is 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.

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