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.
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).
Lindsey Dirksen is a senior English Major with a concentration in Creative Writing, a Minor in Political Science, and a Certificate in Hispanic Studies. She has kept busy working part-time on campus for most of her three years at IUE, as a Writing Center Consultant, a Work Study in the Humanities & Social Sciences Advising Office, a Supplemental Instructor for Introductory Spanish classes, and as a Peer Mentor for the Honors Freshman Seminar. Lindsey is also a member of IU East's Honors Program, as well as the IUE chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English Honor Society. She has served as Secretary for Sigma Tau Delta and Assistant Editor for the 2016 publication of Tributaries, the creative writing journal at IU East.
Through these organizations, Lindsey was granted the opportunity to present at four different academic conferences, and to participate in others, ranging from the Mid-Eastern Honors Association Annual Conferences to the annual Sigma Tau Delta Conventions, to Indiana University’s own Women’s & Gender Studies Undergraduate Conference. Lindsey is being honored at the Honors Convocation in April 2016 as the undergraduate Outstanding English Student. Lindsey’s plans to pursue a career in publishing and to continue to work on her passion as a creative writer in her free-time.
Jessica Varkonyi is the 2016 Outstanding Graduate Student in English for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) at Indiana University East (IUE). A 2013 graduate of IUE’s English-Professional and Technical Writing B.A. program, she will receive a Master of Arts degree in English from her alma mater in May.
During her graduate studies, Jessica developed a broad selection of areas of interest. While in the program, she studied online writing instruction and how previous online course completion affects success in subsequent writing courses. In the spring of 2016, she was given the opportunity to present as a panelist at the 25th Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference in Savannah, Georgia where she presented her paper, “Identity as Flawed Choice: Clare Savage and Harry/Harriet in Michelle Cliff’s No Telephone to Heaven.” She is currently working on a memoir and plans to pursue teaching and writing in the future.
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.