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Department of English

Professors: M. Budhos, E. Burns, P. Cioffari, A. Deakins, B. Gooch, S. Hahn, J. Hauser, I. Marshall(chair), C. Nekola, T. Liu, S. Newton, J. Parras, D. Perry, R. Rosen

Associate Professors:  D. Borkowski, J. Broome, P. Jackson, R. Kaur, M. Martin, B. Ó Broin, L. Robertson, C. Salerno, R. Soto, B. Suess, C. Weaver, M. Witt

Assistant Professors: J. Hartman, M. Kendrick

The English department offers a major with concentrations in literature and in writing; we also offer literature and writing concentrations designed specifically for those seeking teaching certification. Each of our English major concentrations leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Students also have the opportunity to minor in English. Students may choose from courses in British, American, European, and global literatures covering a diverse array of literary periods; in writing, linguistics, and literary theory; in fiction, drama, poetry, and film; and in themed courses on a variety of topics. Courses regularly are taught both in the traditional classroom setting and online.

The English department seeks to: provide students with an understanding and appreciation of literature as an art form and as practiced within cultural, historical, and theoretical contexts; heighten students' awareness of the diverse linguistic, literary, and cultural heritages included in a study of language and literature in English; develop students' critical reading, interpreting, and thinking skills; and enhance students' ability to write effectively in a variety of situations and for various audiences. In doing so, the English department will enrich students' lives and provide them with backgrounds for their careers and/or for advanced work at the graduate level.

Students majoring in English often choose careers in teaching, law, journalism, publishing, editing, public relations, advertising, or writing (film and TV scripts, plays, novels, stories, poems, or creative nonfiction). English majors who intend to pursue a graduate degree in English are strongly encouraged to satisfy the intermediate reading level in a foreign language.

Internship Program

The English department has a notably successful internship program that offers qualified English majors on-the-job training as interns for regional and online employers in writing and literary-related fields. Through the internship experience, students have the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge in a professional setting and gain the experience necessary to qualify them for potential career paths relevant to their degree. For more information, please contact Professor Martha Witt, the department's internship coordinator, at 973.720.3052, or the English Department at 973.720.2254.

Sigma Tau Delta Honors Society

Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, founded in 1924, is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. The society exists to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature, to promote interest in literature and the English language, and to foster the discipline of English in all its aspects, including creative and critical writing. Members receive a subscription to the newsletter and an opportunity to contribute to the award-winning literary publications, The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle and The Sigma Tau Delta Review. To be eligible for membership, students must be majoring in English, must have completed eighteen hours of course work in the major, and must have a 3.0 GPA, both overall and in the major. For more information, please contact Professor Brian Ó Broin, the department's honors society coordinator, at 973.720.2641, or the English Department at 973.720.2254.

Student Activities and Involvement

The English Department also offers numerous additional opportunities for student involvement and growth, including: an annual Writers' Conference; an active English club that hosts open mic nights, Halloween night readings, faculty/student meet-and-greets, and field trips; English day; the Living Writers Speaker Series; and the student creative writing magazine, Zeitgeist. The Department also directs the University's Writing Center, at which students may work as tutors.

Map Literary

The English Department houses and publishes Map Literary, a journal of contemporary fic­tion, poetry, and non­fic­tion that appears semi­an­nually in online for­mat, with occa­sional let­ter­press print sup­ple­ments. Map Literary also publishes works of art and elec­tronic media, espe­cially collage.