Experience English: Live the Written Word

Pursue a degree in English and live what you love.  The English department at IUE will afford you the chance to grow as a writer, examine the timelessness of the world's greatest writers, and become a part of a dynamic program.

English Department Mission

The English Department affirms its crucial role in building intellectual, artistic, and professional knowledge through the study and writing of literature and language in one of our four areas of study: composition studies, creative writing, literature, and technical and professional writing.

Bachelor of Arts in English Concentrations

Creative Writing: Within the English degree, students can choose to concentrate in Creative Writing, with courses in Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction.  Students will explore writing in various forms: short stories, novels, poetry, memoir, documentary writing, and more.  Creative opportunities include Tributaries, the IUE literary magazine; internships; visiting writers; and field trips.

Literature: A literature concentration allows majors to concentrate their courses in British, American, and world literatures.  The concentration is recommended for students intending to pursue graduate work in literature.  Students are encouraged to take as many classes as possible in the British literature sequence and the American literature sequence. Through these classes, students will have covered the major authors and periods in both British and American literature.  Additionally, students will take world literature for an appreciation of non-English literatures.  Beginning with English L202 Literary Interpretation, students will round off their experiences with literary criticism English L371.

Technical and Professional Writing: A concentrated study in the techniques of professional and technical writing including document design, digital writing, technical editing, and technical writing. Create brochures, websites, presentations, reports, blogs, and more. Fine tune your professional writing skills for the world of technical writing, editing, marketing, advertising, publishing, journalism, and many other areas which require excellent writing skills.


Faculty Spotlight

Tanya Perkins

Tanya Perkins

Originally from Canada, Tanya obtained her BA and MA in English Studies from Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, before joining the faculty at IU East in 2012.  Thereafter, she started on her MFA in Fiction at Murray State University, in Murray, Kentucky and was awarded her terminal degree in August 2016.  Her creative thesis, “She Could Float,” is a collection of short fiction centered around inter-generational conflict and the tension between individuality and the desire for stability and continuity, sections of which have been published in Big Muddy and Storyscape Journal.  Her fiction and other work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous venues including The Forge, Emrys Journal, The Chattahoochee Review, Wilderness House Literary Review and others.

Tanya teaches composition, professional/technical writing, and fiction.  She was Tributaries’ Faculty Advisor from 2013-2016 and currently serves as Coordinator of Creative Writing.  When she’s not writing or teaching, you might find her wading through Book 3 of Knausgaard’s My Struggle or running Richmond’s Cardinal Greenways (slowly, but still). 

Student Spotlight


Lloyd Mullins

Lloyd Mullins, the Outstanding Undergraduate in English for 2016-17, received his BA in English from IU East in December 2016. He is hoping to be accepted into an MFA program in Creative Writing with a focus on fiction. During his tenure as an English major at IU East, he learned to apply his love of books and storytelling to writing. A number of his short stories and essays were published in Tributaries, both in 2015 and 2017. His short story, “A Kentucky Courtship,” won first prize for fiction in the 2015 issue. Lloyd also served as fiction editor for the 2016 issue of Tributaries and presented a number of papers at various conferences.

Lloyd is also retired from the United States Air Force, and creator of the modestly popular blog moonsthoughts.com, which has allowed him to stretch his writing muscles even more. He hopes to make a living as a writer, as he has held numerous regular jobs over the years and didn’t care for it. When not obsessively checking his email for news from graduate programs, he is currently working on two novels, a dystopian comedy, and a supernatural thriller set in the Great Depression. 


Philip R. Jones

Philip R. Jones is the 2017 Outstanding Graduate Student in English for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) at Indiana University East (IUE).  A 2016 graduate if IUE’s Graduate Certificate in Composition Studies Program, Philip will receive the Master of Arts degree in English from IUE in May 2017. 

Philip holds a Ph.D. in Education – Adult, Professional, and Community Education with a research concentration in rhetoric and composition from Texas State University.  He also holds a M.A. in English Literature from University of Houston-Clear Lake and a B.M. in Vocal Music from The University of Houston.  Philip has a passion for teaching freshman English composition and for the advancement of literacy education (writing and reading) as a whole. During his time in the M.A. in English program at IUE, Philip further developed the wealth of rhetoric and composition coursework that he completed during his previously earned Graduate Certificate in Composition Studies.  He was able to develop a focused and professional level of expertise in the area of writing pedagogy, theory, and research methods in the field of rhetoric and composition.  This focused master’s level of study in composition pedagogy has enabled Philip to more effectively teach writing at both the community college and university level, and has better strengthened his pedagogical background in the area of rhetoric and composition.   

Alumni Spotlight

Chase Eversole

Chase Eversole

IU East 2015 Graduate, Chase Eversole, has recently been accepted into Miami University’s MA in Creative Writing program with a focus on fiction.  During his time as an English major at IU East, he wrote and published a number of short stories, as well as a few essays and poems.  IU East also provided Chase with ample experience in literary journal editing and publishing.  He served as Copy Editor of Tributaries for three issues, Fiction Editor for two issues, and Editor for one. 

This fall, Chase is joining Oxford Magazine, Miami’s literary journal, as a staff reader.  Oxford Magazine publishes work by writers from all over the world and has received two Pushcart Prizes.  Miami is known also for being one of the best undergraduate teaching institutions in the country, and for offering many Graduate Assistantships. Through one of these assistantships, Chase will be teaching a section of English 111: Rhetoric and Composition, this fall.  He is excited (and a bit intimidated, in a good way) to become a part of such a rigorous program.  Chase wants to write and teach for a living and is confident that he will continue to hone his writing and teaching skills at Miami.  


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