Department of English

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Congratulations, Sheba!

Congratulations Sheba Turk, winner of our 2015 Distinguished Undergraduate Alumni Award, on the publication of her new book, Off Air: My Journey to the Anchor Desk.

Sheba Turk

The Department of English is dedicated to providing a traditional liberal arts experience and serving  the practical needs of its students, and, in turn, the metropolitan community. Our award-winning faculty members are dedicated to scholarship and creative projects that enhance their teaching.

About the Department

Undergraduate Studies

The Department of English offers a four-year undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. In addition, a Bachelor of Arts in Education with a major or minor in English is available through the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education. Students with any major may also choose to minor in English. The department offers courses in American literature, African-American literature, New Orleans literature, British, Commonwealth, and postcolonial literature, creative writing, professional writing and editing, and journalism. Cross-listed courses in Women's Studies, International Studies, and Africana Studies are also offered regularly. Other programs closely affiliated with the Department are the UNO Women's Studies Program and the Greater New Orleans Writing Project.

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Graduate Studies

The Department offers both a residency and an online graduate program leading to the Master of Arts in English. Also at the graduate level, the Department offers the Creative Writing Workshop, an M.F.A. program with concentrations in fiction writing, nonfiction writing, playwriting, poetry writing, and screenwriting. Students may also pursue the M.F.A. in our low-residency program, which combines an online degree with study abroad. 

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There are several extracurricular literary activities, including writing for Ellipsis, UNO's literary magazine, or for Driftwood, UNO's weekly student newspaper. Through various agencies, including an active English Graduate Organization (EGO), our chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, and our Third Wednesday lecture series, authors and scholars are brought to campus for readings, classroom visits, and workshop instruction.

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Faculty Spotlight

The Department of English recognizes and applauds the achievements of its faculty members. Learn more about their recent accomplishments.

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