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Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2015-2016 
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Chairperson: Professor Benjamin Carson

Graduate Program Coordinators: Associate Professor Kimberly Davis (English), Professor Julia Stakhnevich (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Professors: Ann Brunjes, Gregory Chaplin, Anne Doyle, Kathryn Evans, John Kucich, Jadwiga Smith, William Smith, Kathleen Vejvoda

Associate Professors: Joyce Rain Anderson, Matthew Bell, James Crowley, Michael McClintock, John Mulrooney, John Sexton

Assistant Professors: Alba Aragon, Heidi Bean, Allyson Salinger Ferrante, Amy Field, Kevin Kalish, Lisa Litterio, Bruce Machart, Garrett Nichols, Ellen Scheible, Lee Torda, Elizabeth Veisz

Department Telephone Number: 508.531.1258
Location: Tillinghast Hall, Room 340

Degree Programs

  • BA in English
    Concentrations: English Education (High School, Middle School), Writing and Writing Studies 
  • MA in English
  • MAT in English

Undergraduate Minor

  • Literature and Literary Studies
  • Writing and Writing Studies

The following program is currently inactive:

  • MAT in English, Creative Writing Concentration

Click on Academic Programs  for program information and requirements.

Bachelor of Arts

The program of study for English majors aims to enhance their appreciation and knowledge of literature and the writing process. Through exposure to significant literary works and to the tools for understanding and analyzing what they read and write, students will develop an understanding of the history and background of English-language literatures, including texts in translation central to the discipline. Course work in the major includes offerings in culturally diverse English-language literatures with a foundation in British and American traditions, embracing the writing process and critical analysis. This background prepares English majors to enter diverse careers or to pursue graduate study. Bridgewater State University English majors have achieved success in a wide variety of occupations including teaching, banking, law, medicine, publishing, government service, public relations, technical writing, creative writing, advertising and business administration.

Within the English major, students may also pursue a writing and writing studies concentration or combine their program with licensure in elementary, middle school or secondary education.

The department offers an honors program for students who wish to pursue independent study culminating in a thesis.

The department participates in interdisciplinary minors such as American Studies, Canadian Studies, Women’s Studies and U.S. Ethnic Studies.

Double Major with Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education or Special Education

Students may choose a double major in English and elementary education, early childhood education or special education for licensure purposes. Appropriate advising materials with suggested course sequences are available.

Minor in Secondary Education (High School, Middle School or PreK-12 Specialist)

Students may major in English and minor in secondary education. Successful completion of these programs will lead to Massachusetts Initial Teacher Licensure. Please refer to the “Department of Secondary Education and Professional Programs  ” for specific teacher licensure and program requirements.

Honors Program

The honors program in English provides highly motivated English majors with opportunities to enhance their academic program through intensive scholarly study and research designed to be of assistance in postgraduate employment or in the pursuit of an advanced degree in English. Contact the Department of English for further information concerning eligibility and application.

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