Professors Chess (Chair), Hopes, Horvitz, D. James, Katz; Associate Professors Ettari, Locklear, Min, Russell; Assistant Professors Barya, Boyle, Gurney, Jansen, Revere, Wray; Lecturers Chadwick, Graves, Hays, Pisano
A major in English entails a sequence of core courses, elective courses in diverse areas of specialization, and workshops that provide a rich variety of opportunities for students to gain broad knowledge while making connections among disciplines and among peoples and cultures. As students encounter fiction, drama, and poetry, they also learn about various interpretive approaches and cultures, using sociological, historical, political, and aesthetic contexts to understand and appreciate literary works of art. As students learn about the art of writing, they also learn how others have used forms of literary expression and about how they can practice the writer’s craft.
English courses demand extensive writing practice, engaging classroom discussions, convincing oral presentations, advanced technological integration, teamwork, sustained reading, independent thinking, a disciplined imagination, self-motivated learning, and persistent investigation. Students majoring in English cultivate versatile skills that can be applied broadly in the workplace and in graduate coursework. In tandem with the capstone experience, the department’s sequence provides a strong foundation for those planning to teach, to go on to graduate study in English or other fields, or to make a career in writing, business, the nonprofit sector, or any professional career in which writing, thinking, and critical thinking are important. By practicing the arts of critical thinking, close reading, articulate speaking, and clear writing, students develop and use intellectual capabilities as they acquire and apply lifelong learning skills while inquiring from a range of perspectives, applying knowledge to new settings and finding creative solutions to increasingly complex problems.
By practicing the arts of critical thinking, close reading, articulate speaking, and clear writing, students develop and use intellectual capabilities as they acquire and apply lifelong learning skills while inquiring from a range of perspectives, applying knowledge to new settings and finding creative solutions to increasingly complex problems.
Declaration of Major in English
Declaring a major in English requires the student to complete a Declaration of Major form that must be signed by the department chair. Before declaring a major, students must satisfy the LANG 120 requirement.
In addition to completion of LANG 120 , students declaring a major in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing or a Concentration in Creative Writing with Teacher Licensure must apply for acceptance into the concentration. The application process consists of:
- satisfactory completion of LANG 260 ;
- submission of a writing sample and a brief letter explaining why they are interested in creative writing and what their goals are for pursuing the concentration in creative writing.
Applications will be reviewed once a semester by a committee appointed by the director of the creative writing program and the chair of the Department of English. Students not admitted to the program may reapply after successfully completing a 300-level LANG workshop or after consultation with the director of the creative writing program
University Writing Center
The University Writing Center (UWC) provides support to students writing for any course, as well those writing application letters, personal statements, and creative writing. Writing consultants offer friendly, constructive feedback at any point of the writing process, from brainstorming to revising. Appointments last 30-50 minutes and can be scheduled by visiting http://writingcenter.unca.edu. The UWC is located on the main floor of the library, RAM 136.