This program is designed to help you develop specific skills in academic, professional or creative writing; meet requirements for two-year and four-year degrees; acquire practical workplace communication skills; and enrich your understanding of literature and the humanities.

Some notable English majors are Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Andrea Mitchell, Bob Woodward, Toni Morrison, Joan Didion, Amy Tan, Tom Clancy, Jennifer Weiner, Stephen King, Sigourney Weaver, Martin Scorcese, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Kris Kristopherson.

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Male and Female student studying The Bedford Reader

Fun Facts in English

  • Isaac Asimov published 516 books in nine of the ten Dewey Decimal categories. When asked what he would do if he learned he only had six months left to live, he replied, "Type faster."
  • In 2001, an original collection of Shakespeare's plays, called The First Folio, sold at auction for six million dollars. It was first published in 1623.
  • The longest novel ever published is Cyrus the Great by Georges de Scudéry. Released in the 17th Century, the novel is almost two million words long.
  • Agatha Christie is said to be the most translated author in the world. Her works have seen 7,233 translations from English.
  • Called by some the "most powerful letter ever written," Dr. Martin Luther King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" was written while King was incarcerated; it contributed to the creation of the landmark Civil Rights Act in the United States.
  • The shortest poem in the English language is said to be "Lines on the Antiquity of Microbes."

Department Faculty

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Colleen Boardman
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David Bockoven
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Joyce Bower
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John Campbell
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Robin Cedar
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Leana Dickerson
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Brian Egan
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Jessie Heine
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Will Fleming
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Forrest Johnson
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Pam McLagan
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Adam Michaud
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Terrance Millet
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Matthew Schmidgall
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Bjorn Smars
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Tristan Striker
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Steve Rust
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Linda Spain
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Karelia Stetz-Waters
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Cassie Smith
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Donna Trask
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Kacie Willis
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Matt Usner