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English Contact

Department Chair:

Dr. Celia Patterson

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Contact Person:
Shannon Spear

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Phone: 620-235-4689
Fax: 620-235-4686

English Department
434 Grubbs Hall
Pittsburg State University
1701 South Broadway
Pittsburg KS 66762

Descriptions of Summer and Fall English Courses

English Department Stories

New Film and Media Studies Minor for Fall 2014

Clint Eastwood and Gregory Peck

The new interdisciplinary Minor in Film and Media Studies allows students to develop visual literacy through a focus on the history and criticism of film and media. A strong curriculum centers on critical analysis of cultural artifacts (traditionally, within the realm of print media – poetry, short stories, novels, plays, speeches, essays, etc.). Succeeding personally and professionally in the 21st century will be a challenge for any young person who has not developed visual literacy skills in order to "read" and interpret a wide variety of media resources. Students take courses in multiple disciplines, making the minor complementary to many majors. 

You can add the Minor through GUS. For more information, please contact Co-Directors Jamie McDaniel (jmcdaniel@pittstate.edu) or Casie Hermansson (chermansson@pittstate.edu) in the Department of English or the English Department Office at 235-4689. You can find information on required classes at the Minor's website.

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Undergraduate Programs

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, Film and Media Studiesand Teaching.

Graduate Studies

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.

Writing Support

The facilities in our department enhance students' reading and writing abilities. The Department has a bComputer Labb and supports The Writing Center @ PSUb. 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.