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 description for more detail. Some minors do not appear here.

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.

Recent News

Alumnus wins prize for collection of poems

Union University alumnus David Clark recently won the Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize for his poems.  Clark, a Lilly Postdoctoral Fellow at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind., received the prize for a collection of poems titled “Interview Conducted through the Man-Eater’s Throat.” ... - READ MORE

MORE STORIES
  • 2/25/2014 - Kevin Brown to give poetry reading at Union
  • 2/20/2014 - Students to present work at Sigma Tau Delta convention
  • 10/8/2013 - English professor publishes first novel
  • 2/27/2013 - ‘KJV 400’ book addresses legacy and impact of King James Bible
  • 12/7/2012 - English seniors defend theses
  • 10/4/2012 - Students, professors prepare for January Italy trip
  • 9/7/2011 - Hudgins to present poetry reading Sept. 13

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Recent Photos

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3/11/14 - American poet Kevin Brown speaks about the perception of the English major during a presentation in Harvey Auditorium. - Jacob Moore
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American poet Kevin Brown speaks about the perception of the English major during a presentation in Harvey Auditorium. - Jacob Moore

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9/16/13 - Jourdan Kyles, freshman pre-pharmacy major; DeAnna Thompson, junior physical education major; Tymeria Franklin, freshman biology major; and Jeremy Speed, freshman English major, sing songs to pass time during lunch hour in the Lexington Inn. - Anne Richoux
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Jourdan Kyles, freshman pre-pharmacy major; DeAnna Thompson, junior physical education major; Tymeria Franklin, freshman biology major; and Jeremy Speed, freshman English major, sing songs to pass time during lunch hour in the Lexington Inn. - Anne Richoux

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5/18/13 - English graduate Heather Franks poses during the processional at Spring Graduation. - Jacob Moore
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English graduate Heather Franks poses during the processional at Spring Graduation. - Jacob Moore

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4/30/13 - Photo by Olivia Wallace

Students present completed research projects at the tenth annual Union University scholarship symposium Tuesday, April 30th, 2013. - Olivia Wallace
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Photo by Olivia Wallace Students present completed research projects at the tenth annual Union University scholarship symposium Tuesday, April 30th, 2013. - Olivia Wallace

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

  • * Teacher Licensure Available
  • ** Secondary School Licensure is built around the student's majoring in the teaching field, such as Mathematics, PE, English, etc.
  • *** Indicates area of study available as a minor concentration; all others are available as a major concentration