Thanks for visiting the Department of English website.
Our department is growing with Texas State. In the 2012-2013 academic year, nearly 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students majored in English. Our faculty numbered more than 90, and we hired an additional 60 graduate assistants. All together, English instructors taught students filling more than 20,000 classroom seats. The department’s Writing Center, located in the first level of ASB-N, served writers from across campus with more than 5,000 tutorial appointments. Beginning in the fall of 2014, the department will offer undergraduate internships in editing, technical writing, and related fields.
Graduates of our department are employed in many areas. They teach K-12 and in colleges and universities; they pursue graduate studies in English, law, business, and many other fields; and they work in publishing companies, businesses, and in communications areas of law firms, medical centers, high tech companies, and scientific organizations. Practised in analysis, evaluation, and the production of discourse, our majors take on many jobs and do them extraordinarily well.
But numbers and facts don’t tell the whole story.
In our department, we discuss and critique great ideas; great works of literature; significant theories of beauty, reading, writing, meaning, and communication; and great performances of literary discourse and film. We look at the literary products of popular culture, since they help us understand dynamic literary, rhetorical, and aesthetic techniques and values.
We read writing by men and women from Great Britain, Ireland, the Americas and Carribean, Canada, Australia, India and other English-speaking nations, as well as translated works from around the globe. We read and write about authors of European, Hispanic, African American, Native American, Southwestern American, African, and Asian culture and heritage. We study abroad in places that include England, Ireland, Australia, Iceland, and Germany.
Thanks to the Therese Kayser Lindsey Endowment and the University Chair in Creative Writing, we hear some of the world’s great writers reading their own work at our campus: past readers and chair holders include, to name a few, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Leslie Marmon Silko, Louise Erdrich, W. S. Merwin, Ai, Denis Johnson, Li-Young Lee, Barry Hannah, Cristina García, and Tim O’Brien.
We talk about language and its syntactical, rhetorical, and logical shaping for different audiences, and we study language as a foundation for thought, expression, and communication. We enjoy what others have written, and we too play with words to see what they can do.
We produce writing—lots of it. We write and revise in first-year composition, in literature courses, in courses about rhetoric and composition, in technical communication courses, in courses about film and media, and in courses that focus on creative writing. Senior professors and the most recently enrolled freshmen engage in a common effort to write clearly and proficiently. We write to express ideas and feelings; to understand the ideas or creative work of others; to help others learn, to help others write better; to edit what others have written; to communicate to diverse audiences; and to express complex bureaucratic, legal, medical, and scientific concepts clearly and accurately. We produce essays, documented papers, case studies, reports, short stories, poems, novels, memoirs, book reviews, journal articles, scholarly chapters, editions, textbooks, books of criticism, grants, memoranda, and much more.
Again, thanks for visiting this site. If you wish to learn more about our department or the English major, please explore this website and visit us in Flowers Hall.
Professor and Department Chair