Department of English

Welcome to the Department of English at Tennessee Tech. We offer a wide variety of courses in literature, creative writing, theater, professional communication, and composition at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Virtually all Tennessee Tech students take our courses, and many choose to major in our BA program in English. Some students add English, Professional Communications, or Dramatic Arts as a second major, or as a minor that will enhance their intellectual growth and their versatility in whatever career they choose. We also offer students a way to express themselves through dramatic productions at the Backdoor Playhouse and through Homespun, the student literary journal.

In English we do not set you on a professional track. Instead we help you to find your own path toward a career that suits your talents, values, and interests. English majors tap the power of words to create meaning and understanding, and even as technologies change that power will never become obsolete. If you are looking for a degree that lets you pursue intellectual curiosity, cultural awareness, creative expression, and effective communication skills, you should strongly consider one of our degree programs.




Scholarship Winners 2013

L-R Whitney Stevens, Olivia Jolley, Cody Matthews, Danielle Davis, Ai Lin Chin, Meaghan Hill, Patrick Stone, Drake Fenlon, Katie Reasonover, Dr. Linda Null


  alt  Senior English major Justin Carnes presented his critical paper titled, "Choosing His Own Governor: John Milton's Tenure of Kings and Magistrates and Paradise Lost," at the Wise Medieval-Renaissance Conference, University of Virginia’s College at Wise, September 2012.

alt  Linda Fisk, secretary of the Department of English and Communications (now the Department of English) won the 2012 Outstanding Staff Award. At left, Tennessee Tech President Philip Oldham presents Linda with her well deserved award.

alt  English major Nathan Strickland presented his critical paper titled, “‘Two lovely berries molded on one stem’: Helena, Hermia, Inverted Sexuality, and Defense Mechanisms in A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” at the Wise Medieval-Renaissance Conference, University of Virginia’s College at Wise, September 2013.


gradstudent2Graduate student Chuck Acheson presented his critical paper, “Kitsch as Dialogue in Art Spiegelman’s Maus,” at the Columbus College of Arts and Design Mix 2013 Comics Symposium in Columbus, OH, September 2013.

Faculty Highlights



Dr. Brian J. Williams, Assistant Professor of English, presented "Office Buildings in the Desert: Mapping War in the Age of Globalization," at the American Comparative Literature Association Conference, Toronto, April, 2013.


alt  Professor Michael L. Burduck was a winner of the 2013 College of Arts and Sciences Research Award for his work in the Duke University Press annual American Literary Scholarship.






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