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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.
Master of Arts in English
The English Department is now accepting applications for admission into the Fall 2014 Master of Arts in English program. For more information about the M.A. in English and application process, contact Margaret Thomas Evans, English Department chairperson, at (765) 973-8614 or email email@example.com.
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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.
Composition Studies: Students in our program gain practical experience in composition theory, research, and pedagogy. In addition to a specialization in composition studies, students will take courses in linguistics, literature, and critical practices, and have the flexibility to take electives like creative non-fiction. Students in our program are prepared for professional positions or going on to graduate work in English or Education.
Noteworthy Courses, Spring '14
W303: Writing Poetry: Write what you love. Love what you write. Create lines of beauty. Celebrate the beauty of lines. Join a class where you can experiment with the art and craft of writing in a community of creative writers. We will study the writing of poets such as Seamus Heaney, Mary Oliver, and other (mostly contemporary) poets as we experiment with our own poetry writing.
L370: Black American Writing in the Arts (online): Explore the Black American experience in stories, music, and art works created by African-Americans and what it means to be Black in America from slave narratives, Reconstruction, and the Harlem Renaissance to black realism and contemporary visions. Apply what you learn through discussion, research, and writing about music lyrics, films, and art.
L382: Fiction of the Non-Western World (online): When is it okay to discuss politics and religion? When you explore cultural and historical contexts, including issues of gender, politics, and religion, in twentieth century and contemporary narratives from East Asia, the Middle East, and Africa through a number of short stories and novels, including: Yiyun Li, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers; Sawako Ariyoshi, The River Ki; Naguib Mahfouz, Palace Walk; Hanan al-Shaykh, Women of Sand and Myrrh; and Ben Okri, The Famished Road. This course satisfies the Literature in World and Cultural Context for English majors.
Tanya Perkins, Lecturer of English
This is my second year at IU East teaching composition, technical and creative writing. I moved here from Washington State with my husband and daughter (though I’m originally from Canada). We love having four seasons—especially summer. In this short time I’ve worked with some amazingly smart and creative students and faculty. I feel very lucky to be here!
I earned an M.A. in English Studies at Western Washington University and am currently working on an M.F.A. from Murray State University, focusing on fiction. My short fiction and poetry has been published in Chamber Four, Emrys Journal, Wilderness House Literary Review, Cirque, Arcadia, Jeopardy, Certain Circuits and others. My short story “Imaginary Beasts,” was a recent Nisqually Prize nominee.
My research interests include the rhetoric of the résumé and how digital platforms affect the way we write. An upcoming summer research fellowship will let me look more closely at how students compose résumés using online résumé-building platforms, something that is becoming more and more popular and yet about which we know very little.
When I’m not teaching or reading or writing, I love running, spin classes, yoga, Pilates—anything that makes me move!
Hannah Creech is a senior English major with a creative writing concentration. Her passion is writing, especially the creative and technical sides of the art. Hannah's interdisciplinary interests include the sciences, religion, and music, and she greatly enjoys the challenge of connecting other fields of study to English and writing. During the Spring 2014 semester, she will complete a research and writing internship at the Wayne County Historical Museum. As a student approaching the end of her undergraduate career, Hannah looks forward to finishing her degree and entering the world as a writer. She hopes to one day publish her own works, from short stories to full-length novels, and may eventually return to Indiana University East for a Master's degree.