Associate Professor Teresa Gilliams, Ph.D. Chair
Professors Mary Jane Androne, Ph.D., Richard Androne, Ph.D. and Alberto Cacicedo, Ph.D.,
Associate Professors Gary Adlestein, M.A.and Lawrence Morris, Ph.D. 
Senior Instructor Denise Greenwood, M.A.

Rachel Liberatore, M.A., Director of the Writing Center

Lectures Denise Adam, Theresa Barbieri, Cathryn Clinton, Diane Conrad, Craig Czury, James Gaffney, Dorothy Hoerr, Maria McDonald, Maria Mogford, James Speese, Jerry Tartaglia, William Uhrich and Marian Wolbers


The mission of the English Department is to develop students' ability to read literary texts in historical and critical context, and to express their conclusions in lucid writing. To that end, the goals of the Department are as follows:

1.  to read in and understand the relationships among the historical periods of literary texts in British and American literature.

2.  to understand the role of social privilege and marginalization in its various modes of textual expression in regards to gender, race, and/or class divisions.

3.  to develop critical approaches to texts, informed by close readings, by literary history, by theoretical concerns, and by the discipline of literary study generally.

4.  to develop familiarity with the tools of writing in the discipline, including writing essays as well as finding, digesting, and accurately representing secondary as well as primary sources.

The English Department introduces students to the excitement of reading and analyzing literature, from the Anglo-Saxon origins of English to the present.  As a result of their analyses, students practice critical thinking skills and come to an appreciation of the art of literary expression.  Students express their analyses and appreciation in their own writing, which the Department helps develop throughout the students' tenure at the College.

The Department teaches a wide variety of literature and composition courses in support of the College's General Studies programs, and its staff provides courses for Albright's American Civilization Major, Women's and Gender Studies Major, Medieval and Early Modern Studies Minor, and, in conjunction with the Art Department, Film & Video Studies Minor.

The Department offers two introductory composition courses, ENG 101 Composition; and ENG 102, Writing with Texts, as well as ENG 226 Intermediate Grammar and Composition.

Classroom instruction in creative writing is supplemented by opportunities to edit and write for AGON, Albright College's literary magazine. The English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta, organizes literary and social events throughout the academic year.

The department's core offerings in literature include surveys of all periods of English and American literature, selected readings in world and non-western literature and more intensive study of major writers, periods, genres, and critical theories. For majors, the goal of the department is to ground students in the historical development of literature in English from its origins in the Anglo-Saxon period through the present.  The requirements for the full major ensure that students will have taken courses that introduce them to that historical development as well as in-depth experiences in each period of British as well as American literature.



Major in English Language and Literature


• Group 1: ENG 201 British Literature to 1789; 202 British Literature from 1789; and 204 American Literature
• Group 2: two from ENG 350 Beowulf's World; 352 Chaucer; 354 Shakespeare; 355 Renaissance; 356 Milton/17th Century; 357 Restoration/18th Century
• Group 3: two from ENG 380 Modern American Women Poets; 384 American Writers to 1865; 385 American Writers from 1865; 386 Modern American Fiction; THR 388 Postmodern American Drama
• Group 4: two from ENG 366 Romanticism; 368 Victorian; 372 British Fiction to 1890; 373 Modern British and Irish Fiction; 374 European Fiction; THR 389 Postmodern British Drama
• Group 5: two more courses from groups 2, 3 or 4, or from the following (only one 200-level course can be included in this group): ENG 210 African American; 225 Creative Writing; 226 Intermediate Grammar; 235 Literature Topics; 236 Literature Topics-Global; 270 Classical Heritage; 301 History and Structure of the English Language; COM222 Writing for the Mass Media
• Group 6: ENG 399 Junior Seminar in Theory and 491 Senior Seminar in Literature

Occasionally the department offers a section of topics in British and American Literature (ENG 390), based on a special area of faculty or student interest. The nature of the topic determines whether ENG 390 satisfies a course requirement in group 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6.


Combined Major in English Language and Literature


• ENG 201 British Literature to 1789; 202 British Literature from 1789; and 204 American Literature
• One of the following: ENG 399 Junior Seminar in Theory and 491 Senior Seminar in Literature
• One course each from groups 2, 3, 4, and 5, with the exception of ENG 235 and ENG 236, listed in the full major requirements



Minor in English Language and Literature


• ENG 201 British Literature to 1789; 202 British Literature from 1789; and 204 American Literature
• Two 300-level courses chosen in consultation with an adviser



English and Secondary Education.

English Majors preparing for a career in secondary education take English courses and a series of Education and other courses specified by the Education Department. Candidates for teacher certification in English should consult the chair of the Education Department for specific course requirements early in their college experience. The English courses fall into three groups:

  • ENG 201, 202, 204, 226, 301, 354, 399 and 491
  • Two in American literature: ENG 380, 384, 385, 386, 390 (as appropriate) or THR 388
  • Two in British, Continental or World literature: ENG 350, 352, 355, 356, 357, 366, 368, 372, 373, 374, 390 or THR 389. In selecting these courses, students wishing to teach in Pennsylvania should be aware of the state requirement that teachers be prepared in world literature as well as in British and American literature.

Although the English Department does not, the Pennsylvania Department of Education does require that English-Secondary Education students take ENG 234 Adolescent Literature, in order to be certified to teach. This course can be taken for the General Studies Global Connections requirement.


English and Early Childhood Education.

Early Childhood Education may be taken with the combined major program in English described above.  


General Studies and Elective Offerings

In addition to offering upper level concentration and special non-concentration programs, Albright's English Department is a vital part of the College's liberal arts core - the general studies programs - in the areas of composition and literature. All students at Albright take at least one composition course, usually ENG 102, and most students take both ENG 101 and 102. For other general studies requirements in Foundations, Connections, and Global Connections students may take course from departmental offerings as appropriate.

For General Studies Humanities Foundations credit, the English Department offers a variety of courses, listed as ENG 135, including the following topics:  Ghost Stories, Literature of Fantasy, Dada and Surrealism, The Vampyre, Tragedy, Hitchcock:  Film and Text, American Short Fiction, Comedy, Adolescent Protagonists, Modern American Poetry, Folklore and Fairy Tales.  ENG 380, Modern American Women Poets, may also be taken for Foundations credit.  Other topics and courses may be added to the list.

Our Creative Writing course, ENG 125, may be taken for Fine Arts Foundations credit.

For General Studies Connections credit, the English Department offers a variety of courses, listed as English 235, including the following topics:  Utopian Literature, Novel Englishwomen, Black Women Writers, Latin American Poetry, African Autobiography, Irish Literature, Afro-Caribbean Literature, Shakespeare and Company, Literature of War, Hip-hop, Mean Girls.  Selected courses listed for majors are also available for Connections credit, including the following courses:  ENG 204, Survey of American Literature; ENG 210, African-American Literature; ENG 356, Milton and the Seventeenth Century.  Other topics and courses may be added to the list.

For General Studies Global Connections credit, the English Department offers ENG 234, Adolescent Literature, as well as a number of courses listed as ENG 236, including World Litereature, Irish Arts (a course that includes a trip to Ireland), Latin American Poetry, and Afro-Caribbean Literature.  Other topics and courses may be added to the list.

Nearly all of the department's offerings have proven to be both popular and enriching elective courses, and many of Albright's majors in other programs have rounded off their liberal arts experience at the College with courses in, drama, literature, and/or creative writing, or one of the department's travel courses offered from time to time during Interim session or in the summer to such places as London, Dublin and Italy.

Students interested in supervised creative writing projects may pursue them on an individual study basis after approval by a departmental adviser. Together with the Dean of the College, the English Department maintains a Writing Center where students of all disciplines are welcome to seek assistance in redrafting papers and in improving writing skills. Albright's Theatre Department offers several dramatic literature courses that may be used to satisfy English concentration requirements. Please see the Theatre section for descriptions of these courses.