Department of English

Bloomsburg University's Department of English supports the growth of English as a profession and develops students' critical reading and writing skills. It seeks to provide students with opportunities to analyze diverse literatures; an understanding of how language functions; knowledge of multiple interpretive tools; and the ability to use language creatively and powerfully for exposition, persuasion, and artistic effect.

The department offers a program with four concentrations: Literature and Linguistics, Creative Writing, Professional Writing, and English Secondary Education, as well as minors in English, Creative Writing, Professional Writing, and Linguistics. We also maintain the interdisciplinary minors in Gender Studies and in Ethnic Studies in the United States. The department also provides substantial support to BU's general education program, specifically in the areas of the first-year experience, the university writing program, general education humanities offerings, and interdisciplinary and diversity programming.

English Concentrations

Department of English

Department Chairperson
  Mark Decker | 570-389-4337
Internship Coordinator
  Michael Martin | 570-389-4905
Department Secretary
  Nancy Rothermel | 570-389-4427

Department of English
115 Bakeless Center
Fax: 570-389-3006


The Husky Difference


"I have had the opportunity to study some of the greatest minds in history. I've learned invaluable lessons about culture, philosophy, interpersonal skills, and so much more."

Ashley Hill, Literature
Ashley Hill

"I love being an English major because my eyes are being opened to all different genres of literature and literary analysis. There is no other degree I could think of pursuing that would prepare me to think critically, analyze texts and thematic elements, complete academic research, and write with professional eloquence."

Anna Jaskiewicz, Literature

"The English department’s insight and expertise has assisted me in developing my own personal writing abilities as well as giving me the opportunity and work experience to collaborate with other flourishing writers."
Brittany Stephenson, Secondary Education, English

"The greatest thing about being an English major is seeing myself continually exceed what I have accomplished. I have tremendously matured and grown analytically, all credited to the English major for continually supporting and pushing me to aspire for the better."
Jose Gamboa, Creative Writing