Union University

Department of English

Department of English

The Department of English promotes an understanding of literary traditions, teaches students to think analytically and to write with power, and fosters human awareness through course offerings in composition and literature. READ MORE

The English major and minor challenge students with a wide range of courses appealing to the aesthetic as well as the practical nature of humanity, preparing them for the finest graduate programs, qualifying prospective teachers, or providing a strong liberal arts foundation for a professional career.

Program Highlights

  • Three-track major in English (Literature, Writing & English Education)
  • A student-to-teacher ratio of 11:1 in upper-level classes.
  • Nationally-recognized student scholarship and publications
  • A high rate of graduate school acceptance
  • High standards for participation in the Teacher Education Program (3.00 GPA)
  • An excellent placement rate for majors seeking teaching positions
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • A variety of scholarly and social activities each semester
  • The Torch, a student-published creative writing journal
  • Sigma Tau Delta National Honor Society

Faculty

Instructional Staff

Programs of Study

Please see the Academic Catalogue descriptions for more details and a listing of minors.

Student Organizations

The department presents an annual award to the student selected as the most outstanding in English. A special award for creative writing, the Helen Blythe Award, is also presented annually. Local, regional and national writing contests are open to students in the department. Recent visiting writers and guest judges at the department’s Annual Creative Writing Workshop include Charles Wright, Kate Daniels and Mark Jarman.

Many students contribute work to the campus publications - The Cardinal and Cream and The Torch. Recent editions of The Torch, the student edited campus literary magazine, have been honored with national awards from Columbia University.

The department sponsors an international studies opportunity every other year. Recent trips have focused on British travel literature and on French and English modern fiction. Students travel with professors during the Winter Term, earning credit toward an English major, minor, or the general core.

Past News

Recent Photos

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8/15/14 - Anderson Underwood, sophomore English major, helps unload boxes for new students moving in. - Amanda Rohde
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Anderson Underwood, sophomore English major, helps unload boxes for new students moving in. - Amanda Rohde

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5/17/14 - Faculty members Victoria Malone, Patricia Hamilton and Pam Sutton gather to take a photo at Union University’s 189th Spring Commencement. - Kathleen Murray
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Faculty members Victoria Malone, Patricia Hamilton and Pam Sutton gather to take a photo at Union University’s 189th Spring Commencement. - Kathleen Murray

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5/17/14 - Sarah Halbrook,right, English graduate looks through the program listing the 630 graduates walking in the 189th annual Spring Commencement Services, held at the Oman Arena due to rain.  - Emily Stookey
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Sarah Halbrook,right, English graduate looks through the program listing the 630 graduates walking in the 189th annual Spring Commencement Services, held at the Oman Arena due to rain. - Emily Stookey

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5/1/14 - Andrew Hamaker, senior English major, reads his fictional submission to the Torch, an annual student literary arts publication, during a release party at Barefoots Joe. - Jacob Moore
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Andrew Hamaker, senior English major, reads his fictional submission to the Torch, an annual student literary arts publication, during a release party at Barefoots Joe. - Jacob Moore

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Contact Information
Course Schedules
Undergraduate Catalogues (.pdf)
Undergraduate Areas of Study
  • Creative Writing
  • Literature

  • * Teacher Licensure Available
  • # This major is available also with Discipline-Specific Honors

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