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Meet Creative Writing Faculty:

Dr. David Bell

Dr. Rebecca Brown

Prof. Jessica Folk

Dr. Tom Hunley

Dr. David LeNoir

Prof. Mary Ellen Miller

Dr. Dale Rigby

 


 

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Creative Writing

Dr. David LeNoir, Creative Writing Advisor

If you have the itch to write, why not get college credit for it? Our Creative Writing program offers courses in a variety of genres: creative nonfiction, fiction, play/screenwriting, and poetry. The curriculum includes a study of literature and emphasizes experimentation to help students find and develop their interests, their skills, and ultimately, their own niche.

Our Readers Series brings to campus several successful authors each year for public readings, classroom visits, and workshops. CW students are encouraged to pursue publication of original work both by submitting for print publication and participating in readings—and opportunities abound.

Our literary publication, Zephyrus, is produced by and for WKU students; numerous writing contests (including the English Club’s Goldenrod Poetry Contest and a genre-rotating contest accompanying the annual Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing) are offered each year; and the campus and larger community offer a variety of venues for readings, from coffeehouse open-mic nights to more formal occasions, like our annual Senior Reading.

The CW major requires either a second major or a minor, and we invite students to use that requirement to their advantage by selecting one which will contribute directly to their aspirations, whether that may be a career plan (since almost every career field has a place for skilled writers) or a discipline which will better equip them for a specific writing pursuit. Naturally, the CW program—like all other English majors—also offers opportunities to study abroad.

To figure out how to become a creative writing major or minor, click here.

Dr. Rebbecca Brown
Professor
Undergraduate Creative Writing Advisor
Email: rebbecca.brown@wku.edu

 


Major in English: Creative Writing

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The English major (reference # 662) with a creative writing concentration requires a minimum of 39 hours and leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. A minor or second major is required.

For students beginning fall of 2017, please use the Creative Writing Advising Worksheet for the NEW major requirements.

View the Creative Writing 4 Year Plan for a sample of how to graduate in 4 years with an English degree in creative writing.

View English course descriptions from the Undergraduate Catalog here.


Check out our Current Students page for extracurricular activities, scholarships, special events, and more!

Check out our Why English page to see careers you can pursue with an English degree!


Minor in Creative Writing

The English minor (reference # 348) in creative writing requires a minimum of 21 semester hours. In consultation with the advisor, creative writing students should consider taking at least one of the electives in contemporary literature.

No more than 6 hours in the English major may apply toward the creative writing minor for a total of at least 54 unduplicated hours between the major and minor.

Please use the Creative Writing Minor Advising Worksheet.


Students who are members of the University Honors College and, indeed, all English majors and minors with a GPA of 3.2 or higher are welcome to participate in our English Honors classes.

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Meet EST Faculty:

Dr. David LeNoir

Dr. Peggy Otto

Dr. Alex Poole

 

English for Secondary Teachers (EST)

lenoirThe English for Secondary Teachers major prepares students for certification to teach grades 8-12. The major is well rounded, featuring work in literature, writing, language study, and allied language arts.  It is structured to meet specific accreditation and certification requirements while still offering students choice in course selection.

Instead of a minor or second major requirement, this major includes a component of Professional Education courses, culminating in a semester of student teaching. In addition to the usual study-abroad opportunities available to students, a portion of the student teaching semester may be completed abroad.

Although the major is specifically aimed at preparing future secondary teachers, graduates are free to pursue other career paths appropriate for English majors, and they have the flexibility to go on to graduate study either in English or in education.

To figure out how to become an EST major, click here.

For more information on the English for Secondary Teachers major at WKU or to discuss whether the program is right for you, please contact:

Dr. Peggy Otto
Associate Professor
English for Secondary Teachers Advisor
Email: peggy.otto@wku.edu

 


Major in English for Secondary Teachers

estThe major in English (reference # 561) for secondary teachers is intended for those seeking certification to teach in secondary schools in Kentucky. It requires a minimum of 55 semester hours of content courses and leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. No minor or second major is required; however, the EST major requires an additional 34 hours of education courses specified by the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, and certification is contingent upon additional state requirements.

For students arriving beginning fall of 2017, please use the English for Secondary Teachers Advising Worksheet containing the NEW requirements.

View the English for Secondary Teachers 4 Year Plan for a sample of how to graduate in 4 years with a degree in teaching English. 

View English course descriptions from the Undergraduate Catalog here.

 


Check out our Current Students page for extracurricular activities, scholarships, special events, and more!

Check out our Why English page to see careers you can pursue with an English degree!


Students who are members of the University Honors College and, indeed, all English majors and minors with a GPA of 3.2 or higher are welcome to participate in our English Honors classes.

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Meet Literature Faculty:

Dr. Wes Berry

Dr. Lloyd Davies

Dr. Nikolai Endres

Dr. Rob Hale

Dr. Jerod Hollyfield

Dr. Ted Hovet

Dr. Sandy Hughes

Dr. Gillian Knoll

Dr. Alison Langdon

Dr. Christopher Lewis

Dr. Deborah Logan

Prof. Mary Ellen Miller

Dr. Kelly Reames

Prof. Walker Rutledge

Dr. Marla Zubel

 

Literature

langdonThe English literature concentration at WKU is a dynamic program offering a wide range of courses. Our majors not only build a strong, broad foundation in literatures in English (British, American, World), they also have opportunities for in-depth study in literature electives such as "Dante's Divine Comedy," "Southern Literature," and "Mythology" as well as special topics courses such as "Gothic Fiction" and "Literature and the Environment."

In addition to courses offered here at WKU, we offer opportunities to study abroad in far-flung locations such as Cuba, Japan, Italy, and the United Kingdom; closer to home, recent study away courses have traveled to Chicago, New York City, and Oxford, Mississippi.

Through the English Club, literature majors engage in extracurricular activities that include attending public readings and plays or serving as judges for the Goldenrod poetry contest. Our students' talents are showcased in the department's undergraduate scholarly journal, The Ashen Egg, and each year a number of students present their work at local, regional, and even national conferences.

To figure out how to become a literature major or minor, click here

For more information on the literature concentration at WKU or to discuss whether the program is right for you, please contact:

Dr. Alison Langdon
Associate Professor
Undergraduate Literature Advisor
alison.langdon@wku.edu


Major in English: Literature

The literature concentration in English (reference number 662) requires a minimum of 40 semester hours and leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. A minor or second major is required.

For students beginning fall of 2017, please use the Literature Advising Worksheet containing the NEW major requirements.

View the  Literature 4 Year Plan for a sample of how to graduate in 4 years with an English degree in literature.

View English course descriptions from the Undergraduate Catalog here.

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Check out our Current Students page for extracurricular activities, scholarships, special events, and more!

Check out our Why English page to see careers you can pursue with an English degree!


Minor in Literature

The English minor in literature (reference number 406) requires a minimum of 21 semester hours. The minor is designed specifically for English majors* with a concentration in Creative Writing (662CW) or Professional Writing (662PW), or for English for Secondary Teachers (561) majors. English majors with a concentration in literature (662L) cannot take this minor.

Up to six hours of literature courses offered in other departments (e.g., Folk Studies, Library Media Education) may be counted toward the Literature minor with prior approval from the English department.

English majors with a creative writing or professional writing concentration may apply 6 hours of upper-level literature courses in both their major and the minor in literature as long as the combined major and minor include at least 48 unduplicated hours.

Please use the Literature Minor Advising Worksheet.

*Non-English majors who wish to minor in English must complete the English minor (reference number 359).


Students who are members of the University Honors College and, indeed, all English majors and minors with a GPA of 3.2 or higher are welcome to participate in our English Honors classes.

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Meet Professional Writing Faculty:

Dr. Jane Fife

Dr. Angela Jones

Dr. Dan Liddle

Dr. Jeffrey (J. A.) Rice

Dr. Lee Spears

Dr. Judith Szerdahelyi

 


 

Professional Writing

Dr. Jeffrey Rice, Professional Writing AdvisorWelcome to the Professional Writing Program at WKU! Our program emphasizes the kinds of thinking, reading, and writing skills necessary for today's workplaces. Students in our program learn how to write persuasively, edit and publish professional texts, research projects and consult with clients, and use online writing technologies (social media, blogging, etc.) for professional purposes.

In conjunction with the English department, we also offer study-abroad opportunities in locations like the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Japan, and Greece. Finally, we strongly encourage Professional Writing students to enroll in our robust internship program and get "on-the-job" writing/editorial experience in publishing houses and presses, local non-profits, and campus organizations.

Many of our students have used their successful internship opportunities to secure permanent positions as news editors, journalists, technical writers in local security firms and environmental consulting organizations, or to pursue advanced degrees in English, Biology, Social Work, and Law, to name a few.

To figure out how to become a professional writing major or minor, click here

To find out more about our program and to see if it's a good fit for your interests and plans, please contact:

Dr. Jeffrey (J. A.) Rice
Associate Professor
Undergraduate Professional Writing Advisor
jeffrey.rice@wku.edu


Major in English: Professional Writing

The English major with a professional writing concentration (reference number 662) requires a minimum of 39 hours and leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. A minor or second major is required.

For students arriving beginning fall of 2017, please us the Professional Writing Advising Worksheet for the NEW major requirements.

View English course descriptions from the Undergraduate Catalog here.

View Professional Writing 4 Year Plan for a sample of how to graduate in 4 years with an English degree in professional writing.  


Check out our Current Students page for extracurricular activities, scholarships, special events, and more!

Check out our Why English page to see careers you can pursue with an English degree!

We strongly recommend professional writing students complete an internship. Check out our Internships page for internship opportunities!


Minor in Professional Writing

The English minor in professional writing (reference number 437) requires a minimum of 21 semester hours. No more than 6 hours taken from the English major (either the literature or the creative writing concentration) may apply toward the professional writing minor.

Please use the Professional Writing Minor Advising Worksheet.


Students who are members of the University Honors College and, indeed, all English majors and minors with a GPA of 3.2 or higher are welcome to participate in our English Honors classes.


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Meet TESL Faculty:

Dr. Alex Poole

Dr. Trini Stickle

Dr. Elizabeth Winkler

Dr. Alison Youngblood

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

Dr. Alex Poole, TESL AdvisorThe minor in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) provides students with the pedagogical skills and cultural knowledge they need to teach in public and private educational settings. It requires nineteen (19) semester hours of core coursework, in addition all students will be required to complete the Colonnade foreign language requirements.

Topics covered include first and second language acquisition theory, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, bilingualism, teaching methods, and assessment. Students also gain teaching experience in a 30-hour practicum taken at the end of the program.

To figure out how to become a TESL minor, click here

For more information on the Teaching English as a Second Language minor at WKU or to discuss whether the program is right for you, please contact: 

 

Dr. Alex Poole
Professor
Teaching English as a Second Language Advisor
alex.poole@wku.edu 


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Minor in Teaching English as a Second Language

The minor in teaching English as a second language (TESL) (reference number 478) will prepare students interested in linguistics and language teaching to pursue teaching opportunities in private corporations or overseas in both corporations and public schools. The TESL minor requires requires nineteen (19) semester hours of core coursework, in addition all students will be required to complete the Colonnade foreign language requirements.

Students who complete the TESL minor and also qualify for teacher certification may also qualify for the TESL endorsement.

View the Teaching English as a Second Language Advising Worksheet to see a list of required courses and electives or the language requirements of the Colonnade Program.

View the English course descriptions from the Undergraduate Catalog.


Check out our Current Students page for extracurricular activities, scholarships, special events, and more!

Check out our Why English page to see careers you can pursue with an English degree!

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English Minor

LANGDONhenrystatueThe minor in English (reference number 359) is for non-English majors and requires a minimum of 21 semester hours.

To figure out how to become an English minor, click here

For more information on the English minor at WKU, please contact:

Dr. Alison Langdon
Associate Professor
Undergraduate Literature Advisor
alison.langdon@wku.edu

 

 


Minor in English

For students arriving before fall of 2017, please use the English Minor Advising Worksheet.

For students arriving beginning fall of 2017, information is forthcoming. Contact Dr. Langdon if you have questions.

Requirements include:

  • 3 hours of upper-level literature
  • 3 hours of writing beyond the composition requirements.

View English course descriptions from the Undergraduate Catalog.


 Check out our Why English page to see careers you can pursue with an English degree!

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