Department Website:


  • Associate Professor William Dickey - ext. 3723
  • Professor Peter Goldstein - ext. 3460
  • Associate Professor Hannah Bellwoar - ext. 3437
  • Associate Professor Amy Mathur (Chair)- ext. 3690
  • Assistant Professor Amanda Page - ext. 3983
  • Assistant Professor Laura Feibush - ext. 4135
  • Instructor Carol Peters (Director of Writing Center) - ext. 3501

Background Information:


The Department of English offers a diversity of educational experiences in language, professional writing, and literature. The department aims to teach students to think clearly and creatively, to write evocatively and persuasively, and to read with intelligence and imagination. Such skills and knowledge will enable students to pursue not only a wide variety of exciting career paths but graduate study as well.

Special programs, facilities, publication or equipment:

  • Literary coffeehouses (honoring women, minority, immigrant, and LGBTQ writers)
  • Kvasir—Student Literary Magazine

  • Internships

Programs of Emphasis:

  • English
  • English Secondary Education
  • Professional Writing

Individualized Programs of Emphasis:

  • History and English
  • Environmental Policy/English
  • Editing
  • Social Media Writing
  • Marketing Writing

Secondary Emphasis:

  • Requirements: At least 18 credits of courses in respective emphasis.

Internship/Research Experiences:

  • White House, Washington, DC
  • Federal Drug Investigation Commission

  • Pittsburgh Zoo: Public Relations

  • C-SPAN, Washington, DC

  • National Public Radio, Washington, DC

  • Johns Hopkins Medical Center

  • Chicago Jazz Radio Station

  • Philadelphia News Reporting

  • New York NBC Television Production

Specific department policy: 

Awarding credit for AP Exam scores: A student with an AP score of 4 or 5 will receive three General Elective Non Department credits, as it will not equate to an English elective.


EN-120   Forms of Literature (Fall; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; H) An introduction to the study of literary forms, including poetry, drama, short story, novel, novella, and essay. Students will read texts from a wide variety of genres and historical periods, to examine how litereay forms developed and gain/lost popularity over time. Students will learn the vocabulary and technique of literary analysis.

EN-122   Interpreting Pop Literature (Variable; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; H) Utilizing Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, World War Z, and other popular works of fiction for class, this introductory course will engage students in the fundamental terms and approaches needed to analyze, appreciate and discuss works of fiction at the college level. Students will study introductory elements of literary theory, emphasizing using various social and theoretical perspectives, as a means of learning how to identify cultural and literary meaning within texts.

EN-145   Peer Tutor Training (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 1.00 Credit; H) Peer tutor training is designed to provide an academic experience that will prepare students to serve as tutors. Students will focus on communication skills, learning styles, need analysis, and tutoring strategies. Prerequisite: EN110.

EN-146   WA Pedagogy and Practice (Fall; Yearly; 1.00 Credit) This course will provide an academic foundation for students who are serving as Writing Associates for first-year classes. Students will focus on how to provide provide formative feedback to students and maintain clear communication with professors. Coursework will include exploration of writing theory and learning modalities. This course will be required in order to serve as a Writing Associate.

EN-162   Women and Literature (Variable; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; H,WK-HT) Hostility directed at women's reading and writing often serves as an indicator of a society's anxiety about the social impact of women's artistic and intellectual development. To read is to expand your knowledge of the world and your place in it. To write is to assert that your ideas, opinions, and voice are worthy of attention. This course presents selections from literature by women beginning with 18th century works before moving into contemporary writing. We will pay special attention to the historical and cultural contexts of our readings. Prerequisite: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109.

EN-170   World Literatures (Spring; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; H,I) Studies works of African, Asian, Latin American, South American, Caribbean, and Native American literature. Discussions focus on ways literature reveals cultural perspectives and philosophies.

EN-191A   Unlock Your Voice (Fall; Even Years; 1.00 Credit; H) A Coffeehouse to Celebrate Literature by Women Writers. Students who participate in this practicum will head teams of volunteers to produce all aspects of the program.

EN-191B   Lift Ev'ry Voice (Fall; Odd Years; 1.00 Credit) A Coffee house to Celebrate Black History Month. Students in this practicum will head teams of volunteers to produce all aspects of the program.

EN-199   Special Topics (Variable; Variable; 1.00-4.00 Credits) Allows the department to offer special topics not normally offered. Departments may offer more than one special topics. Prerequisites vary by title.

EN-200   History of the Language (Spring; Odd Years; 3.00 Credits; H,I) Like other languages, English is not monolithic, and it is always on the move. This course examines how English functions now, both in its Standard form and in many of its varieties around the world; how its sounds and structures have changed from its Proto-Indo-European beginnings; and what major factors have influenced those changes. Prerequisites: FYC101, EN110, or EN109.

EN-203   Class/Status/Identity in US Literature (Variable; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; SW-LE) This class willfocus on representations of social and economic class in U.S. literature. These texts illustrate how social class can define identity and shape perceptions of the American Dream. The class will collect and distribute oral histories about work experiences in collaboration with the local Huntingdon community members. Pre-Req: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109.

EN-204   English Colloquium (Fall; Yearly; 1.00 Credit; H) The English Colloquium prepares students for academic expectations in the English department and introduces them to professional opportunities within the discipline. This colloquium is intended for students with English, Secondary Education/English or Professional Writing POEs, individualized POEs with foundation in literature or writing, or students with secondary emphases in English. Pre-requisites: sophomore standing, one EN course beyond EN110, or instructor's permission.

EN-207   Heaven or Hell on Earth (Spring; Even Years; 4.00 Credits; H) In this course we will examine the ways in which specific novels, short stories and films explore various perspectives on nightmarish or ideal societies through alternative political and social ideologies. The class will introduce various literary theories (including Marxism, approaches to feminism and New Historicism) as well as the genre and history of utopian and dystopian literature. V for Vendetta, Sir Thomas More's Utopia, Plato's Atlantis writings, Children of Men and other works will be covered during the semester. Prerequisites: EN110 or EN109.

EN-211   Pennsylvania Literature (Variable; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; H,SW-US) Pennsylvania is a rich and storied landscape featuring a large rural area bookended by two historic cities, all serving as the backdrop for this course. Using literature and film, as well as articles, musical selections, and local engagement activities, this course will examine stories portraying various cultures, lifestyles, and people in Pennsylvania. This course will also consider how many of the different communities and peoples that make up the Keystone State have been represented historically and in fiction. Students will also explore some of the complex social, political, and economic contexts that have shaped the state's history as well as the lived experiences of its people. Pre-Req: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109.

EN-212   Sports Literature (Spring; Odd Years; 3.00 Credits; H) Students will consider ways in which sports literature written over the last eighty years reveals the developing and shifting American ideologies concerning subjects such as race, gender, sexuality, and justice, over that same time period. Students will also develop an understanding of the genres and purposes in various forms of sports literature, including newspaper articles, magazine feature articles, short stories, and novels. Prerequisite: EN110 or EN109.

EN-213   Zombie Nation (Either Semester; Variable; 4.00 Credits; CA,H,SW-ER) Students will explore media that reflect our cultural fixation with zombies. Through analysis and discussion, students will explore the intersections between fictional zombies and actual cultural practices that reflect the mindlessness of a zombie culture. Students will explore the ethical implications of the creation and destruction of zombies. Prerequisite: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109.

EN-215   Boys Will Be Boys (Spring; Odd Years; 3.00 Credits; H) This course explores the experiences of men and boys as represented through works of fiction and analyzed via cultural, economic and social contexts. The course considers " maleness " as a social construct and how perceptions within American society influence men's actions and the ways in which they perceive themselves, other men, women, and social situations.

EN-217   Disability in Fiction (Variable; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; H,SW-ER) This course considers how various texts portray individuals with disabilities. Via short stories, novels, theoretical articles, films, and memoirs we will explore ways that stereotypical portrayals can stigmatize and discriminate against people with disabilities. The class will also examine narratives and voices that question the definition of 'normal' as well as reinterpret traditional representations of disability. We will consider key concepts such as ableism, justice, access, and the medical and social models of disability. The course will also introduce some of the ways that disability intersects with other aspects of identity such as gender, sexuality, race, and class. Prerequisite: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109.

EN-236   Dirty Books (Variable; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; H,CW,SW-ER) In this course, students will explore the ethical questions surrounding the practices of challenging, censoring, and banning books from American public schools and libraries based on objections to various texts' inclusion of sex, homosexuality, vulgarity, violence, and religion/atheism. Prerequisite: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109.

EN-237   Constructing Identities (Either Semester; Variable; 4.00 Credits; CA) Applying various cultural and theoretical perspectives, students will view and read works from Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, Kurt Vonnegut, Salman Rushdie, David Foster Wallace and others to examine ways that consumerism, technology, social institutions and other facets of modern culture and society shape identities and influence the human condition. Prerequisites: EN110 or EN109.

EN-238   Unnatural Acts (Fall; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; H) From the Puritans to tree-huggers, America has been divided between those who see Nature as moral and liberating, and those who see society as the taming of savage, godless wilderness. This course will examine that tension in writers from Hawthorne and Melville to Faulkner.

EN-239   Bloody Murder (Spring; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; H) The United States has always been a violent nation, and American writers have used that violence to explore questions of justice, truth, and human nature. This course will examine the portrayal of violence in writers from Poe to Cormac McCarthy.

EN-251   Narratives of Slavery (Variable; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; H,CW,SW-US) The personal narratives of people enslaved in the United States are the foundational works of the African American literary tradition, and they have influenced generations of American authors. Originally written as a means of promoting the abolition of slavery, contemporary writers have taken this historical form and transformed it to reflect upon the past and engage with problems of the present. In this course, we will read a variety of original narratives of slavery and put them in dialogue with contemporary fictionalized narratives depicting the experience of slavery. In doing so, we will explore topics such as the boundaries between fact and fiction, the political uses of literature, the afterlife of slavery, cultural authenticity, and many others. Prerequisite: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109.

EN-253   Literature of the Jazz Age (Spring; Even Years; 3.00 Credits; H) Called the " Jazz Age " by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the 1920s were marked by great cultural change. In response to the trauma of the First World War, the " lost generation " broke traditional social barriers while embracing radically new forms of art. Beginning in 1920 (the year both women's suffrage and prohibition were passed as constitutional amendments) and concluding with the 1929 stock market crash that signaled the start of the Great Depression, we will examine the role of the Harlem Renaissance in inspiring and sustaining domestic and expatriate American modernism. With special emphasis on the interplay of art, music, and literature, this class will examine the literature of the Jazz Age across genre " and racial " boundaries, concluding with two contemporary works that evaluate the lasting significance of this era on American culture. Prerequisite: EN110 or EN109.

EN-255   Passing Narratives (Variable; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; CA,H) Passing narratives investigate how the boundaries of identity can be reimagined. Most often depicting racial passing (when a person " passes for " someone of another race), these narratives also can be about performing another gender or sexual identity. In this course, we will trace the evolution of this trope through American literature and film. Prerequisites: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109.

EN-262   Unhappily Ever After (Spring; Odd Years; 3.00 Credits; H) Deaths. Betrayals. Loves lost. Falls from grace. These calamities, and those that suffer them, have captivated dramatists, novelists, philosophers, and theoreticians since the first tragedy was staged in ancient Athens over 2,500 years ago. This course will explore how literary cultures have understood and expressed notions of tragedy in different historical periods. By examining the ways in which we inflict and endure suffering, wewill consider how literary tragedy informs our understanding of the human condition.

EN-271   Public Health Writing (Spring; Variable; 3.00 Credits; H,CW) Focuses on health and medical writing for public audiences. The course will familiarize students with health literacy, plain language, and visual communication skills. Students will analyze and compose common genres of public health writing, including reports about health in the media, advocacy documents, science journalism articles, and public health posters. Prerequisites: EN110 or EN109.

EN-272   Introduction to Professional Writing (Variable; Yearly; 3.00 Credits; H,CW,SW-ER) What are we talking about when we talk about professionalism? What characterizes professional communication? In today's world, what does it mean to use professional writing ethically? To answer these questions, this course focuses on the study, practice, and revision of writing in professional settings. Examining and producing memos, proposals, and reports, students take concrete steps towards exploring potential future careers. Prerequisite or Corequisite: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109.

EN-273   Visual Literacy (Variable; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; H,WK-HT) In today's multimedia world, images communicate meaning and advance arguments in numerous ways, and new technologies of the visual demand new forms of literacy to understand, interpret, and create visual communication. Through comics and graphic novels, maps, visual arguments, and theories of seeing, this course immerses students into the theory and practices of visual literacy. Prereq: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109.

EN-299   Special Topics (Variable; Variable; 1.00-4.00 Credits) Allows the department to offer special topics not normally offered. Departments may offer more than one special topic. Prerequisites vary by title.

EN-301   Young Adult Literature (Fall; Even Years; 4.00 Credits; H) Students will read & analyze a variety of literature from the Young Adult Lit category. Students will engage in class discussions and make presentations based on individual research.

EN-302   The Literature of Social Protest (Variable; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; SW-US) In this course, we will explore the use of literature as a means of protesting social injustice throughout U.S. history. How have American authors used novels, poems, stories, and essays to illustrate social problems, create empathy, and advocate for social change? What are the boundaries between art and politics? How might literary aesthetics inspire social action? How has literature shaped social progress and vice versa? Questions of literary form, merit, and content will guide our search, as will questions of representation, politics, and economics. Though topics will range widely (but often intersect), we will ask how each literary work engages with the foundational statement of American dissent, " The Declaration of Independence. "

EN-305   Fiction Writing (Spring; All Years; 3.00 Credits; F,H,WK-CE) In this course, we will work to develop skills in the art of writing fiction. Students will study fiction as a craft, read and discuss fiction by major writers, critique each other's work, and write and revise extensively. Prerequisite: FYC 101 or sophomore standing.

EN-306   Creative Nonfiction Writing (Variable; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; H,CW,WK-CE) The course introduces the art of the creative nonfiction essay-types of essays, variety of forms, and purposes of the essay. Students will write essays, revise extensively, and critique each other's work throughout the course. Through this process, students become familiar with the formal elements of prose style. Prerequisite: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109. Also must have sophomore class standing or above.

EN-307   Mythology in Film (Variable; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; H,WK-HT) This course will explore how film communicates the myths of a various societies to its members. By combining theoretical approaches to myth with film analysis, we will explore the ways in which cinema both influences and reflects the way we think, what we value, fear, and aspire to achieve. Focusing on some of the most prevalent themes in this genre, students will be introduced to Classical and contemporary adaptations of myths and their historical and cultural contexts, examining how those narratives provide meaning today via cinema. Prerequisites: EN110 or EN108 and EN109.

EN-308   English Research Methods (Variable; Yearly; 2.00 Credits) This course is an introduction to English research methods taken in the junior year. Students will learn and negotiate the research process, applying the skills learned to their analysis of literary works or writing research. Writing, ethics, and constructing effective research questions and arguments will be covered to prepare students for completing their senior research thesis, paper, or creative project. Pre-req: EN-204 English Colloquium and Junior Standing

EN-311   Professional News and Feature Writing (Variable; Variable; 4.00 Credits; H,CW) This advanced writing course introduces students to the genres and techniques of journalism. Students will write a number of news and feature stories. The writing process involves interviewing, note-taking and other forms of data gathering on campus and at local news events, creating multiple story drafts, and participating in peer-editing workshops. Work culminates in a portfolio of stories written throughout the semester. Students need not plan to become professional media writers to benefit from the course. Prerequisite: FYC-101, EN-110, or EN-109.

EN-312   Literature of Revenge (Variable; Variable; 4.00 Credits; H,SW-ER) Students will examine the various functions revenge plays in human culture while tracing its role as a literary device from the bloodbaths of Greek tragedies to the psychological retaliation of contemporary works. Studying historical and cultural influences that have shaped notions of revenge over centuries, students will contemplate the complicated distinctions humans make between perceptions of retribution and justice. Prereq: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109.

EN-313   Firing the Canon (Spring; Odd Years; 4.00 Credits; H) When talking about the canon in literature, we are usually gesturing towards the classics-works of art that have stood the test of time as culturally significant. How did those books become classic in the first place? We will study the histories of canon formation before debating what works to include in a self-designed literary anthology.

EN-315   Technical Writing (Variable; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; H,CW) An examination of writing for the real world: as such it concentrates equally on content and practice. The course builds around various document designs and ways to present those designs in expressions appropriate to audience and purpose. While sophomores are allowed to register they may be removed from the course if the demand by upperclassmen is high. Prerequisites: EN110 or EN109 and Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing.

EN-319   Writing for Social Change (Variable; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; H) This course immerses students into the study and practice of writing that strives to bring about social change. Students explore the argumentative tactics of writing in the service of advocacy, activism, and non-profit organizations, as well as its circulation across audiences and platforms. Students create op-eds, persuasive articles, posters, grants, and media campaigns.

EN-341   Shakespearean Drama (Spring; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; H) Examines historical moments, cultural perspectives, and theatrical constructs that shaped the writing, acting, and reception of Shakespeare's comedies, tragedies, and history plays. Prerequisite: EN110 or EN109.

EN-372   Contemporary Poetry (Fall; Even Years; 3.00 Credits; CA,H) Contemporary poetry speaks to us right there and now, whether in a personal cry of emotion or in a piercing cultural commentary. This course studies representative poets from our own age, with emphasis on the social context of the times. Different poets are discussed each time the course is taught, but every year you'll actually get to meet one of them up close and personal, as part of our Pennsylvania Poet series. Prerequisite: EN110 or EN109.

EN-374   Ethical Game Design (Variable; Variable; 4.00 Credits; SW-ER,H,CW,CTDH) This course focuses on both the use of ethical principles to design games and the critical study of ethical games, which position players to make ethical decisions throughout the game. After learning about ethical principles through play and analysis, students design a text-based game where players make ethical choices shaping the narrative and experience of the game. Prerequisite: FYC-101

EN-376   Writing Across Media (Variable; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; H,CW,WK-CE,CTDH) Contemporary life asks us to be agile interpreters of images, texts, and sounds. In response, this course immerses students into the theory and practice of how and why we choose the media in which we communicate. Through an assignment sequence that includes text, webtext, image, sound, and video, students gain strength and versatility as writers by honing their awareness of genre, audience, and rhetorical situation. Pre-Req: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109

EN-378   Video Production Writing (Fall; Odd Years; 4.00 Credits; H,CW,CTDH,WK-CE) Writing for Video Production is a course that combines contemporary rhetoric, creative inquiry, design thinking, media authorship, self-reflection, and social engagement. Students complete directed writing such as journal entries, scripts, storyboards, and shotlists in concert with video production, facilitating an integrated process of thinking, creating, and problem-solving. Take FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109

EN-379   Professional Editing (Fall; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; H,SW-LE) This course provides a broad understanding of editing and its role in document development, publication, and use. Students will learn to edit effectively on a range of editing tasks and documents and edit documents for a community partner project. These skills will prepare students for a variety of professional editing positions. Prerequisite: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109.

EN-385   Queer Literature (Variable; Variable; 4.00 Credits; CA,H) By applying queer theory frameworks to a variety of texts, we will examine literary representations of LGBTQ identity. Readings will include works by James Baldwin, John Rechy, Audre Lorde, Leslie Feinberg, Tony Kushner, and others. Topics will include: biological essentialism vs. the social construction of gender and sexual identity; authenticity and performance; social and legal forms of identity categorization and boundary maintenance; the role of literature in social reform; and more. Prerequisites: EN110 or EN109.

EN-388   Heroes and Villains (Fall; Variable; 3.00 Credits; H) Heroes-yay! Villains-hiss! All our lives we've learned to think in terms of good guys and bad guys. But why do we think in those categories? And what exactly do we mean by good guys and bad guys? And should we even be in the business of separating good guys from bad guys? This course will take a detailed look at heroes and villains in literature, movies, and television, and ask you to think about the whole duality, and what it means for the stories we tell. Prerequisites: EN110 or EN109.

EN-392   Crossing the Border (Variable; Yearly; 4.00 Credits; H,CW,SW-US) This class will examine the many meanings of " border crossing " in 20th- and 21st-century literature about immigration to the United States. Using critical race theory, this class will put works of fiction and autobiography in historical context to better investigate the influence of immigration law on U.S. national literature. Beginning with short texts from the turn of the twentieth century, we will focus primarily on contemporary works dealing with the post-1965 (or " new wave " ) immigrant experience. Topics will include: " American Dream " mythology, social mobility, generational conflict, acculturation and assimilation, hyphenated identity, nativism, barriers to full citizenship, and more. Pre-req: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109

EN-399   Special Topics (Variable; Variable; 1.00-4.00 Credits) Offers special studies to meet the interests and demands of students. past examples include " Terry Pratchett " and " Renaissance Drama " . Note: Students may take each ST: course for credit.

EN-490   English Internship (Variable; Variable; 2.00-9.00 Credits; H) English students may apply their acquired skills and knowledge in on-the-job internships of a semester during their junior or senior year for a total of 9 credit hours. Television stations, radio stations, newspapers, magazines, public relations and advertising agencies are all possible placements for the Juniata interns, who not only work as full-time members of the business's team but also evaluate and document their growth in a journal and prepare a portfolio of presentations or publications. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and Junior or Senior standing. Corequisite: EN495.

EN-493   English Research Seminar (Fall & Spring; Yearly; 2.00 Credits; H) This course is a seminar-style introduction to advanced research methodology in literature and linguistics for senior English POEs. Students will work simultaneously with the course instructor and a thesis advisor from within the English department to develop a thesis plan and to begin its execution. Prerequisites: EN120, EN122 and EN204; Senior standing; instructor permission only.

EN-495   English Internship Research (Variable; Variable; 2.00-6.00 Credits; H) In addition to the on-the-job experience provided by the internship, the student is required to pursue research related to the placement. An in-depth research paper or presentation is completed during the semester and turned in for a possible 3 credit hours. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and Junior or Senior standing. Corequisite: EN490.

EN-496   Senior Research Capstone (Variable; Yearly; 2.00-4.00 Credits; H) This course serves as a capstone experience in English that culminates in a substantial written thesis. The individual research project is conducted under the guidance of an English department faculty member. When completed, the thesis is presented in a public forum such as Liberal Arts Symposium, an oral defense, or a conference. Prerequisites: EN120, EN122, EN204 and EN493; Senior standing.

EN-499   Special Topics (Variable; Variable; 1.00-4.00 Credits) Allows department to offer subjects not normally taught. Requisites vary by title.