Languages and Literature – English
The English Department promotes passion for and knowledge of the English language. We teach students to read and write the English language with greater fluency, creativity, and accuracy. The Department offers three degrees in English: the B.A., the B.S.E., and the M.Ed. The B.A. degree is available in three concentrations: literature, creative writing, and philosophy. Students who receive the B.S.E. degree earn a Mississippi Class A Teaching License. The M.Ed. degree leads to a Mississippi Class AA Teaching License, and it is often used to enter the teaching profession at a community college.
In fact, most of our graduates with an English degree enter the teaching profession at some level. Our students also do very well in graduate school. Many are accepted into graduate programs, win fellowships, and earn advanced degrees, including the Ph.D. However, several other professional opportunities are available. For example, many of our graduates have gone on to law school and are now practicing attorneys. Others go into public relations and journalism, and some join the ranks of the clergy.
As you pursue an English degree at Delta State, you will experience a traditional private-college, liberal-arts education on a public university campus. The student-to-teacher ratio is low in every class, and the faculty is very accessible for one-on-one instruction. We feature a very accomplished faculty. Collectively, they have won over a dozen awards for outstanding teaching. This success can be seen daily in the classroom, in the Writing Center, and in faculty offices. Students may also enroll in independent study classes, and the Department regularly offers a course that includes travel and study in England.
Our faculty members are not only outstanding teachers, but they are accomplished writers as well. We have published hundreds of creative and scholarly works, including several books. Persuasions and Persuasions On-Line, international journals focusing on the work of Jane Austen, are edited in our department. In short, our faculty has the training, experience, work ethic, and commitment to provide you with a rigorous challenge in a very nurturing environment.
The English Department sponsors a number of opportunities that augment the classroom experience. Many students work for and publish in Confidante, the Delta State student literary journal. The department offers many writing contests that offer cash prizes and publication, and we also give a good number of scholarships and awards for meritorious achievement in the field.
The department often hosts visiting writers who give public readings, visit classes, and conduct workshops. Through this program, we have brought to campus such writers as Willie Morris, Ernest J. Gaines, Ellen Douglas, Dave Smith, Adrienne Rich, and Richard Ford. Most recently, Natasha Trethewey, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, came to campus to perform and visit with students.
Upper Division courses range from traditional offerings such as Cervantes, Chaucer, Shakespeare, American Novel, Mythology, Creative Writing, the French Smybolist Poets, Ethics, and Oral Interpretation to more recent offerings such as Film Studies, Science Fiction, Detective Fiction, African-American Literature. Native American Literature, Business German, Technical Writing, Literature by Women, and Theater Tour to London. Class sizes are kept small to insure individual attention for each student.
In short, we provide a great place for you to learn, mature, and grow. We encourage critical thinking, student engagement, and peer tutoring assisted by careful faculty mentoring. If you come here with a curious mind, a thirst for knowledge, and a desire to work hard, we guarantee you a first-rate education.