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College of Arts & Sciences

  • Sipple reading from her book in front of a student and faculty crowd.

    Savannah Sipple at ETSU

    Poet Savannah Sipple read from her debut poetry collection, WWJD and Other Poems, to students and faculty. Sipple's poems beautifully navigated queerness, Appalachia, and the body.

  • Photo of Sigma Tau Delta Members Harley Mercadal, Taylor Hubbard, and Brooke Johnson reading to Towne Acres students.

    Sigma Tau Delta, Spooky Stories at Towne Acres Elementary

    Sigma Tau Delta members Harley Mercadal, Taylor Hubbard, and Brooke Johnson (left to right) delighted students at Towne Acres Elementary with spooky stories for Halloween.

  • Brooke Jarvis sitting on stage with Dr. Kevin O'Donnell

    Brooke Jarvis at ETSU

    "Insect Apocalypse" author Brooke Jarvis read from her article "The Obsessive Search for the Tasmanian Tiger" and discussed writing in this new age of climate change.

  • Dr. Katherine Weiss with students in London from a previous study abroad

    Summer 2020 Study Abroad

    Literature and Language is offering the London Theatre study abroad for pre-summer 2020. Students will spend 2 weeks in London attending specific live performances, participating in arranged discussion groups, and visiting historical sites and museums. For additional information, contact Dr. Katherine Weiss.

  • Image of Dr. Michael Jones and Dr. Josh Reid, holding plaques indicating their awards

    Winners of College of Arts & Sciences Awards

    We are proud to announce that two of our colleagues received awards from the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Michael Jones (Lecturer Award) and Dr. Josh Reid (Distinguished Teaching Award). Please join us in congratulating them!

  • ETSU students and faculty stand in front of a banner reading "Tennessee Area Japanese Speech Contest"

    ETSU at Tennessee Area Japanese Speech Contest

    Students from the ETSU Japanese Program participated in the annual Tennessee Area Japanese Speech Contest, where ETSU's Katlyn Powell won the grand prize. (pictured l-r: Zachary James [adjunct faculty. Japanese], Jacob Roberts, Katlyn Powell, Junko Tezuka-Arnold [senior lecturer, Japanese], and Rebekah Fine.

  • Catherine Pritchard Childress at podium

    Catherine Pritchard Childress Addresses Honors Convocation

    LiLa alumna Catherine Pritchard Childress spoke at the 2019 Honors College Academic Excellence Convocation. Photo by Larry Dale Smith, courtesy of ETSU Photographic Services

  • Adam Timbs holds microphone

    Timbs Offers Occasional Poem for University Woods

    LiLa alumnus Adam Timbs delivered an occasional poem to commemorate the establishment of ETSU's University Woods as part of the Old Forest Network (Photo Credit: Charlie Warden, Lead Photographer, University Relations)

  • Sigma Tau Delta member, Taylor Hubbard; Sullivan Central High School Teacher and English MA alumnus, Mr. Seth Grindstaff; Poetry Winner, Mackenzie Coffey (12th grade); Dr. Scott Honeycutt

    Mackenzie Coffey Wins 2019 Don Johnson Young Poets Award

    The ETSU chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honorary, is pleased to present the 2019 Don Johnson Young Poets Award to Sullivan South Central High School senior Mackenzie Coffey (pictured are Sigma Tau Delta member, Taylor Hubbard; Sullivan Central High School Teacher and English MA alumnus, Mr. Seth Grindstaff; Poetry Winner, Mackenzie Coffey; Dr. Scott Honeycutt).

Our Mission Statement: Join Us on Your Journey

At the center of our philosophy is the ancient credo: “know thyself.” To us, the faculty and staff in the Literature and Language Department, that means working to educate the person and the passion through individual student care, a rich diversity of class options, and real world growth opportunities such as internships and study abroad. Our classrooms are everywhere – on campus, abroad, in the workplace and online. Our students succeed because we teach transferable 21st Century skills like written and oral communication, complex reading methods, research techniques, long-term project organization, and cultural competence. We create a nurturing environment that helps build a passionate resilience in our students because they find their unique critical and imaginative voice. Our students discover what motivates and drives their dreams. We seek to facilitate intense engagement with the human wisdom of the past and the possibilities of each individual student’s future. Join us on your journey!

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