English Department Stories
Upcoming Distinguished Visiting Writer Whitney Terrell
The next speaker in the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series Whitney Terrell will read from his fiction on Thursday, November 21, at 8 p.m. in the Governors Room of the Overman Student Center on the Pittsburg State University campus. Whitney Terrell is the author of The Huntsman, a New York Times notable book, and The King of Kings County, which was selected as a best book of 2005 by The Christian Science Monitor. He was the Hodder Fellow in fiction at Princeton University for 2008-2009. He was named one of 20 "writers to watch" under 40 by members of the National Book Critics Circle. He has written about the war in Iraq for The Washington Post, Slate and National Public Radio and his nonfiction has additionally appeared in The New York Times and Harper’s. He teaches creative writing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he is the New Letters Distinguished Writer in Residence. His third novel, The Good Lieutenant, is under contract at Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
More information can be found at his website, www.whitneyterrell.com.
Undergraduate students who pursue a Bachelor of Arts in English have an array of degree program options. In addition to a Traditional Emphasis in Literature, we offer undergraduate emphases in Creative Writing in Poetry or Fiction as well as a Technical/Professional Writing Emphasis.
Students interested in a teaching career can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Education.
Undergraduate students who are minoring in English have similar options. We offer minors in the Traditional Emphasis in Literature, Creative Writing, Technical/Professional Writing, and teaching.
Graduate students pursuing the Master of Arts in English also have several degree program options. In addition to the traditional Literature Emphasis, we offer a Creative Writing Emphasis, a Technical / Professional Writing emphasis, and an emphasis in Composition and Rhetoric.
Those who already have a master's degree can pursue a Specialist in Education degree with English as the major teaching field.
The facilities in our department enhance students' reading and writing abilities. The Department has a Computer Lab and supports The Writing Center @ PSU. In addition to staffed, physical facilities, the English Department helps coordinates a university-wide program called Writing to Learn. All PSU students enroll in a series of Writing to Learn courses that emphasize intensive writing skills across the disciplines.
Student and Faculty Activities
Faculty and students in the PSU English Department participate in a range of departmental activities outside the classroom. The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series brings prominent writers to our campus for readings, class discussions, and conversation. Each year the winner of the Victor J. Emmett Memorial Prize is invited to campus to receive the prize and present a scholarly lecture. Our students write, edit, and produce Cow Creek Review, the student literary journal that showcases our students' fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry. The department also sponsors Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society.
Faculty and students also work with a number of community organizations, including the Veterans Writing Group led by Professors Skip Morris and Mick White, Southeast Kansas Community Action Program, and Pittsburg Public Library.