The study of English develops essential skills for professional success and personal fulfillment: an understanding of language and its functions in society; fluency in written communication, in both practical and artistic applications; and a critical appreciation of literary works from diverse time periods and cultures. The most common career paths for English majors are writing, editing, and publishing; advertising and public relations; business administration and management; technical writing; and teaching at middle school, high school, or college levels. A major or minor in English is also an excellent choice for students considering graduate or professional study in the humanities, law, or business. The Department of English's internship program can provide students with valuable preprofessional experience and job placement opportunities, and the option to study abroad can enhance students' academic and cultural experiences.
In support of interdisciplinary studies, the Department of English participates in the African and African American Studies Program, the Honors Program, the International Studies Program, and the Women's Studies Program. For all students in the University, the Department of English offers General Education courses in writing, literature, language, and folklore.
Spring 2014 Schick Lecturers
Jack Lynch, Rutgers University—Newark, delivered a February 27 lecture titled "The First Dictionary?"
Eric Rasmussen, University of Nevada—Reno, will present a lecture titled "Shakespeare at 450: Many Happy Returns of the Day" on April 24.
All lectures begin at 3:30 in Root Hall A264.
Spring 2014 Landini Memorial Speakers
January 22: Katherine Fredlund, “Forget the Master's Tools, We Build Our Own House: The Women's Era Periodical as a Forum for African American Women,” Root Hall A264.
January 30: Lucy Chew, “A Matter of Fact: The Apparition of Mrs. Veal as Folk Legend”; Heather Roberts, “All Eyes on Darcy: The Sexualization of Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy”; and Robin Voll, “Blake's Mysticism in Blade Runner,” Root Hall A264.
March 27: Wendy Thompson Taiwo, “Buying Power, Selling Dreams: The Work and Lives of Nigerians in Guangzhou, China,” Landini Center for the Performing Arts.
April 3: Michael Harrold, “From Sherlock to Spock,” Root Hall A264.
April 10: Laura Bates (ISU) and Jack Heller (Huntington University), “Shakespeare in Prison: Literature, Performance, Rehabilitation,” Landini Center for the Performing Arts.
All presentations begin at 3:30 (at the noted locations).
Matt Brennan, Professor of English, majored in English at Grinnell College and then earned an MA and a PhD at the University of Minnesota. Since 1985 he has taught a variety of courses at ISU: freshman writing, poetry writing, world and British literature surveys, literature and the visual arts, and British romanticism. He has published five books of poetry, most recently The House with the Mansard Roof, as well as critical books on Wordsworth, on the Gothic, and on Southern antebellum writer William Gilmore Simms.
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