Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the ETSU Department of Literature and Language website. We are a group of faculty with a great diversity of interests but with a common dedication to teaching, scholarship, and service. Our interests range from Western and Eastern literatures to focused analysis of regional and comparative literature, mythology, film studies, technical writing, linguistics and ESL, composition studies, writing across the curriculum, computer-assisted writing, and creative writing. We are also expanding our language offerings, broadening our range of modern languages and renewing our commitment to classic languages.

We regularly publish books, book chapters, articles, reviews, poems, short stories, and electronic media in areas as diverse as our interests and as comprehensive as our curriculum. Our commitment, as individual scholars and as a working faculty, is to the ideals that have led to ETSU's designation by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a doctoral-level, research-intensive institution. Our commitment to international education serves an important goal of the University as well.

The Department of Literature and Language offers the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in English as well as the Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Language with concentrations in French, German, and Spanish. In addition to classes traditionally offered by similar departments, we incorporate innovative courses for majors, and we offer minors in areas such as film studies, technical writing, applied Spanish, linguistics, and classical studies, along with emphases in writing or language/linguistics. Our department also hosts the Women's Studies program, which also has a Bachelor of Arts degree.

We also provide courses to support programs minors in other departments, including Environmental Studies and African-American Studies. In addition to the traditional Master of Arts in English, we offer graduate certificate programs in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and technical writing.

--Dr. Judith Slagle, Ph.D.

, Literature and Language Department Chair