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Department of Languages and Literature

The Division of English seeks to:

  • Develop the language skills and knowledge of literature expected of all liberally-educated students
  • Prepare English majors and minors for graduate study, positions in the elementary and secondary schools, or other careers in the private and public sectors.

We offer three programs of study:

  • A major or minor in English
  • An English major or minor for secondary level certification
  • A 4-8th grade English Reading and Language Arts certification in conjunction with the Early Childhood through 6th grade BSE.

Courses offered include:

  • Freshman composition courses taught in state-of-the-art computer classrooms
  • Sophomore surveys of American, British, and World Literature
  • A variety of junior and senior-level electives in Literature and Language
  • Special Topics courses in Literary Genres, Periods, Themes, and Authors
  • Honors Research Opportunities
  • Shakespeare
  • Linguistics
  • Advanced Composition
  • Advanced Technical Communication
  • Creative Writing
  • Adolescent Literature
  • Cinema Studies
  • Ancient World Literature
  • Medieval and Renaissance Literature
  • African-American Literature
Contact Information

Dr. David Splawn
Chair of the Languages & Literature Department
Associate Professor, English
903.923.2286 |

José Alonzo
Assistant Professor, Spanish

Dr. Zachary Beck
Director of the Honors Program
Assistant Professor, English

Dr. Amy Carpenter
Assistant Professor, English

Dr. Ellis Purdie
Assistant Professor, English

Dr. Jeanna White
Director of Writing
Professor, English

Dr. Troy White
Assistant Professor, English

Kyle Ambrose
Adjunct Instructor, English

Jemima Deutsch
Adjunct Instructor, English

Ashley Johnson
Adjunct Instructor, English

Dr. Bill Lancaster
Adjunct Instructor, English

Amanda Ware
Adjunct Instructor, English