Main Office: Peck Hall 302
Department Chair: Dr. Maria K. Bachman
Telephone: (615) 898-5644
Fax: (615) 898-5098
The English Department offers the Bachelor of Arts degree, the Master of Arts degree, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree. For more information about the graduate program, click here. The department also offers an English minor [link to bookmark A below] and hosts three interdisciplinary minors: the Great Books Minor, the Film Studies Minor, and the Writing Minor.
The Bachelor of Arts in English
The department offers five different undergraduate programs. All of them train students to think and write, preparing them for a variety of fields that are looking for well-rounded individuals with good communication skills and the ability to learn and grow in their professions.
The English Major without Concentration is designed for students interested in a broad experience of English studies. It consists of 33 hours—12 hours of core courses and 21 hours of guided electives.
The English Major with a Teaching Licensure Concentration gives students the background and preparation necessary to teach 7-12 grade English. It consists of 32 or 33 hours of English studies along with 30 hours of education classes.
The English Major with a Concentration in Cultural Studies is for students who want to study English in an interdisciplinary context. It consists of 39 hours. 12 hours of core courses, 15 hours of guided electives and 12 hours in the topic(s) of concentration.
The English Major with Literary Studies Concentration gives students contemplating academic or professional careers a focused training in theory and critical thinking. It consists of 39 hours. 12 hours of core courses, 15 hours of guided electives and 12 hours in the topic(s) of concentration.
The English Major with a Writing Concentration is designed for students who want to focus on their writing. (Students may combine this with a minor in writing for even deeper, more interdisciplinary writing experiences.) It consists of 39 hours. 12 hours of core courses, 15 hours of guided electives and 12 hours in grammar and writing.
More information about each of the above may be found here.
Each Major is assigned an advisor who will work with him or her throughout his/her years at MTSU. For more information about the English major contact the English Upper Division Office (615) 898-2576 (Peck Hall 323).
The English minor is designed to give students an opportunity to explore English studies while majoring in something else. It consists of 15 hours, English 3007 and four upper-division English electives. Students with specific professional goals or interests may customize their minors according to topics relevant to their future careers. All English minors are advised out of the upper division office. For more information click here.
The Great Books Minor is designed to offer students the opportunity to broaden their undergraduate education and supplement their own major field by studying the most important and influential texts in a number of different disciplines. It requires 18 hours of coursework (PHIL 4600 and fifteen more hours, no more than six of which may be taken from the same department).
The advisor for the Great Books Minor is Dr. Michael Neth.
The Film Studies Minor is designed to enhance the educational opportunities available to students interested in learning about and through film. It requires 18 hours of coursework from at least three different departments with no more than nine hours taken in one department.
The advisor for the Film Studies Minor is Dr. Robert Holtzclaw.
The Writing Minor gives students who are interested in writing the opportunity to take writing courses from a variety of different departments. It requires 18 hours of course work, no more than 12 being offered by the same department.
The advisor for the Writing Minor is Dr. Julie Barger.
Other Interdisciplinary Minors and Contributions to Interdisciplinary Studies by the English Department
In addition to the above minors, the department offers courses each semester in numerous other interdisciplinary minors, such as African-American Studies, American Culture, Classical Studies, Early Modern European Studies, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Latin American Studies, Linguistic Studies, Medieval Studies, Middle-Eastern Studies, Native American Studies, Paralegal Studies, Southern Studies, Twentieth Century European Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies.
We also offer courses each semester such as Advanced Composition and Professional Writing, that are required for Aerospace, Psychology and Organizational Communication majors, courses in Children's Literature and Southern Literature required for Elementary and Middle School Education majors, and Folklore for Historic Preservation major.