Department of English
Dr. Lynn Alexander, Interim Chair
131 Andy Holt Humanities Building
Margrethe P. Ahlschwede, Lynn M. Alexander, Carl J. Buchanan, Anna H. Clark, Joseph L. Coulombe, Mary Ellen Cowser, Victor Depta, Glenn S. Everett, Roy Neil Graves, Timothy J. Hacker, Walter D. Haden, Nainsi J. Houston, Laura C. Jarmon, J. Daniel F. Pigg, Andrew J. Schopp, Martha A. Whitt, Jenna L. Wright
The Department of English at The University of Tennessee at Martin offers work that applies toward the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major or minor in English and toward the Bachelor of Science degree with a minor in English. Each semester the department offers a variety of undergraduate courses in writing, literature, and language.
Todays world offers a wide range of career possibilities for English majorsnot only in secondary and university teaching, but also in business, law, medicine, and all the other fields where interpretive and writing skills are requisite. Many professional schools favor English majors, and employers are eager to find good technical writers, paralegals, and researchers. Collateral studies in religion, international relations, business, communications, education, or other disciplines may enhance the degree in English by broadening a students range of educational or employment possibilities.
Placement and Credit
Placement in Freshman English
Freshmen receive placement advice based on their high school grade point average and on their ACT English score. Beginning freshmen whose academic records and/or ACT scores show deficiencies in English are required to pass Developmental English (080 or 090 or both) before taking the regular English composition sequence (111-112). To verify placement, students will complete a writing sample during the first class period of each introductory course.
Placement of International Students
Students who score 28 or above on the English portion of the Enhanced ACT may enroll in the freshman honors sequence (111H-112H), which offers enrichment and variety, collegial contact with other excellent students, and an obvious designation of distinction on the academic transcript. Students earning As in English 111 may enroll in English 112H if spaces are available and with the approval of the instructor.
The Department of English offers students the opportunity to develop computer skills in designated freshman composition sections located in state-of-the-art computer laboratories.
The Hortense Parrish Writing Center provides students with individualized tutoring and workshops in writing and the use of the computer for composition. The department lounge is a place for informal contact with the faculty. Extensive holdings in the Paul Meek Library include carefully chosen print media and a wide range of audio-visual materials. Contiguous to the department office in the Andy Holt Humanities BuiIding are two computer laboratories as well as the 250-seat Norman Campbell Auditorium, convenient for films, lectures, and other programs. The writing center and most English classrooms are in Holt Humanities Building.
Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Awards
Students who plan to enroll in August should direct inquiries about financial aid to the Office of Student Financial Assistance before the preceding March 1.
High school winners of the regional Excellence-in-English competition, sponsored annually by the UT Martin Department of English and administered at Bradford High School, receive scholarship awards to help support their future studies at UT Martin.
Writing Awards of one hundred dollars each are offered annually by the department for the best student-written essay, scholarly paper, short story, and body of poems.
The English Society is an organized group of majors, minors, and other interested students who meet regularly to discuss literature, share writings, and get to know faculty members and peers.
Writers Guild of UT Martin is a writers group which meets weekly in the English Writing Center to read, share, and respond to original, creative pieces and other works.
Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, recognizes outstanding English majors and minors.
Bean Switch, sponsored by the department and staffed by students, is an annual publication featuring students creative work: poetry, fiction, non-fiction, art, and photography.
B.A. Curriculum. A major in English consists of six hours of English Composition, 12 hours of sophomore literature surveys, and 30 hours of upper-division English courses. Students may select either Option 1 or Option 2 outlined below. Students who pursue the English major for pre-professional training, for graduate study, or for careers outside teaching should follow Option 1; students seeking teacher licensure should follow Option 2. Majors are expected to consult their advisors each semester regarding the selection of options and courses.
In general, majors should work during their freshman and sophomore years toward the completion general requirements for the Bachelor of Arts and toward completing at least one sophomore-level literature survey sequence.
Some recommended minors for English majors include foreign languages, history, philosophy, political science, international studies, communications, theatre, one of the other fine arts, or education.
Students using Option 2 who intend to teach in secondary schools should consult the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences about meeting admission and licensure requirements.
A minor in English consists of 6 hours of English Composition; 6 hours comprising one complete sophomore sequence (250-251, 260-261, or 270-271); and 12 upper-division hours (300 or above) in English.
Description of Courses