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2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English, Comparative Literature and Linguistics, Department of

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Department Chair

Stephen Mexal

Department Office/Website

University Hall 323


Marlin Blaine, Cornel Bonca, April Brannon, Ellen Caldwell, Lana Dalley, Angela Della Volpe, Sheryl Fontaine, Erin Hollis, Susan Jacobsen, David Kelman, Stephen Mexal, Helen Mugambi, Franz Mueller, Brian Michael Norton, Edward Pinuelas, Irena Praitis, Chris Ruiz-Velasco, David Sandner, Patricia Schneider-Zioga, Nicole Seymour, Yichin Shen, Kay Stanton, Martha Webber, Stephen Westbrook, Chris Westgate, Bonnie Williams, Heping Zhao


Students who focus their academic studies in English or Comparative Literature examine literature from a variety of cultural and historical traditions, including literary studies, literary theory, creative writing, rhetorical studies and English education. Linguistics majors study the origins and development of language, how it is learned, stored in the brain and changes over time (See “Linguistics, B.A.” in the catalog for a description of the degree requirements).

Our major programs emphasize the production of academic, professional and creative writing, and the study of English and American literatures and intersecting countries across the globe. Courses examine the diverse ways in which writing and literature let us see the past, understand advanced rhetorical and linguistic techniques, and make sense of the world through narrative.

A major in English or Comparative Literature is suitable for students interested in any of the wide range of professions that expect excellence in reading and writing - including education, creative and professional writing, public service and preparation for further study in literature, law, medicine or business. The majors may be combined with preparation for elementary and secondary school teaching. In addition, they provide a foundation for students who intend to pursue advanced degrees in preparation for teaching at the college level.

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Programs and Courses Offered

Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics
Minor in Linguistics


    Bachelor of ArtsMaster of ArtsNon-DegreeCertificate


      Comparative Literature

      Courses are designated as CPLT in the class schedule.


      Courses are designated as ENGL in the class schedule. For world literature in English translation, see courses under Comparative Literature (CPLT)

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