Department of English

Welcome to the Department of English
department door   The truth is, there is a sort of magic to be found in an English Department. 

Think of it. The books. The piles and piles of books. Some read, some to be read. Some...simply loved.

Take a look in the office of an English professor and you'll often find towers of books, each individual volume a testament to a love of the written word.

Step in that office and you'll find someone ready to talk to you about writers, and writing, and (most important) YOUR writing. Ready to make you a better writer, a better reader. A better communicator. A person ready to present his or her knowledge, ideas, and passions through writing and speaking. A person able to, through critical thinking skills learned in English classes, make sense of the world. 
A person, through skills honed in the English curriculum, ready to take on that world.


Why choose English?

Our MAJORS don't get lost in the crowd.

The English department is smaller than other departments, which makes for a close-knit environment.The connections between student and advisor often are strong. And it is not uncommon for students to be mentored by additional professors who share common interests.

Why choose English?

Our program is solid.

We offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in two programs.

* An ENGLISH degree that prepares students for graduate school, law school, and many options for employment

* An ENGLISH EDUCATION degree that leads to certification to teach English, grades 6-12.

Why choose English?

English is among the most versatile of degrees.

Our graduates have become teachers, college professors, lawyers, writers, publishers.
In addition, other graduates have become professionals in a variety of fields where good writing skills are needed.

Why choose English?

For those interested in a medical career,

there's a pre-med option.

On average, English majors score higher on the MCAT than science majors, and enroll in medical schools at greater rates.

The work ethic associated with obtaining a degree in the humanities is a plus, not to mention

an English graduate's ability to communicate well, rather than relying on jargon.

XULA leads the nation in placing African American students in medical school. 


Don't forget our exciting writing minors!

We offer minors in Creative Writing and Professional Writing.

For those who can't choose between the two, there is the double concentration.

Several of our graduates have gone on to earn the MFA degree in Creative Writing. Some have published!

Have questions about our program?

Contact Department Head

Dr. Biljana Obradovic*


* bil-YAHN-nuh  o-BRAH-duh-vich.

(But if you get tongue-tied, you can call her Dr. O.)