Department of English

Department of English

Department of English

Department Chairperson   S. Michael McCully | (570) 389-4434 Assistant Chair   Tina Entzminger | (570) 389-4432 Internship Coordinator   Michael Martin | (570) 389-4905 Department Secretary   Nancy Rothermel | (570) 389-4427

Department of English 115 Bakeless Center Phone: (570) 389-4427 Fax: (570) 389-3006

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Department of English

BU's English Department offers a program with three major tracks: Literature and Linguistics, Creative Writing and English Secondary Education. The English Secondary Education Program is administered jointly by the Department of English and the Department of Educational Studies and Secondary Education, which certifies graduates to teach in secondary schools.

The Department of English also offers minors in English, Creative Writing and Professional Writing and houses interdisciplinary minors in Gender Studies and in Ethnic Studies in the United States.

BU's Department of English supports the growth of English as a profession and develops students' critical reading and writing skills. The department 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.

With its strong emphasis on developing students' strengths as creative critical thinkers and effective writers and on providing a strong foundation in the humanities, the English major prepares students for careers in the wide range of fields including:

  • Professional Writing 
  • Creative Writing
  • Editing
  • Teaching of English at the Secondary Level 
  • Graduate Studies 

The Department offers a program where students can major in three possible tracks: one which emphasizes literature and linguistics, one which emphasizes creative writing, and one which emphasizes secondary education. 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.