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Department of Literature and Language

College of Arts & Sciences

  • Jack Higgs Memorial Reading

    Jack Higgs Memorial Reading

    Silas House will read as part of the 2019 Creative Writing Festival (Photo credit: Tasha Thomas)

  • Who's Who at ETSU?

    Who's Who at ETSU?

    LILA professor Dr. Katrina Heil was profiled in the East Tennessean

  • Student Profile: Lorelei Teegarden

    Student Profile: Lorelei Teegarden

    Johnson City Press profiled ETSU grad Teegarden on her upcoming work with Amnesty International

  • Language and Culture in Japan

    Dr. Tezuka-Arnold led a summer study abroad class in Japan

  • Joy Harjo reads at ETSU

    Joy Harjo reads at ETSU

    Joy Harjo gave the sixth annual Jack Higgs Memorial Reading as part of the Spring Literary Festival

  • Don Johnson Young Writer’s Poetry Competition 2018

    Don Johnson Young Writer’s Poetry Competition 2018

    Sigma Tau Delta presented Neisha French and Tiannah Sanders (back center) with this year's award

  • Hispanic Health Fair

    Hispanic Health Fair

    The Language and Culture Resource Center organized a Hispanic Health Fair at the community health center

  • ETSU students and faculty who attended the Southeastern Women's Studies Association Conference

    ETSU at SEWSA 2019

    Members of ETSU's Women's Studies Program offered presentations at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Women's Studies Association Conference, held at Oxford, Mississippi.

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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Scholarships for English and Foreign Language majors


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