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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of English

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Location: Landrum Academic Center 500
Telephone: 859-572-5416
Fax: 859-572-6093
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Department Chair: Emily Detmer-Goebel
Other Key Personnel:

Academic Advisor: Megan LaDow
Writing Instruction Program Director: Jennifer Cellio
Graduate Program Director: John Alberti
Creative Writing Coordinator: Kelly Moffett
Cinema Studies Director: John Alberti
Department Coordinator: Julie Hess
Department Secretary: Ann Harding

Full-Time Faculty: John Alberti, Janel Bloch, Nancy Bowers, Thomas Bowers, Jennifer Cellio, Jonathan S. Cullick, Emily Detmer-Goebel, Donelle Dreese, Andrea Gazzaniga, Steven J. Gores, Barclay Green, Jessica Hindman, Parmita Kapadia, Roxanne Kent-Drury, Nancy Kersell, Tonya Krouse, Andrew P. Miller, Kelly Moffett, Tamara F. O’Callaghan, Danielle Roemer, Ernest Smith, Paige Byam Soliday, Robert K. Wallace, Gary Walton, Chris Wilkey, Kristine A. Yohe

Thinking about the discipline: English programs promote critical, creative, and reflective expression in the English language. Students in the English program engage with diverse literary texts and cultural texts, and they learn and practice critical reading and effective writing. In addition to these skills, students seeking secondary teaching certification in English learn and practice the most up-to-date pedagogical theories and methods.

The skills that English majors develop in research, communication, comprehension, and analysis prepare them for careers in a multitude of fields in the private and public sectors such as government, law, education, business, and nonprofits. NKU’s English program emphasizes written communication skills, intellectual development, and humanistic values, which enable students to identify and pursue personal, career, and civic goals.

What can someone do with an English degree? In today’s ever-changing and dynamic modern economy, graduates need a diverse set of skills and experiences, a flexible and adaptable outlook, and the ability to think creatively, all of which the major in English provides. The major in English helps prepare students for careers in many professional areas, including business, law, government, public relations, and teaching.

Special opportunities for our students: Sigma Tau Delta is an international English honor society for students with exemplary academic achievement in their major. English majors are selected for membership on the basis of total credit hours of university work, number of hours of work completed in English, and GPA in English classes.

The department offers a variety of scholarships and awards including: Stallings English Scholarship; Eric Meyer Poetry Scholarship; R.M. Miller Endowed Award for Outstanding Fiction Writing; Barbara M. Collier Memorial Endowed Scholarship; Byron Award; Thad Lindsey Award; Lindsey Book Awards; Lindsey Leadership Award; Judith Blackburn Award; and the Writing Instruction Program Awards. Information about selection criteria and applications can be found on the English department website (

The English department has four publications that provide publishing opportunities for students: (1) Loch Norse Magazine is Northern Kentucky University’s student literary magazine. Loch Norse Magazine publishes exclusively student poems, short stories, one-act plays, and excerpts from longer works of fiction (novella and novel); (2) The Licking River Review is Northern Kentucky University’s annual literary and art magazine. The Licking River Review’s purpose is to showcase the best literary and art works submitted each year by NKU students, alumni, and emerging or established writers; (3) Pentangle is a literary journal run by NKU’s chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society. Pentangle publishes undergraduate and graduate research papers, critical essays, and book reviews related to all areas of literary studies.

Special graduation requirements: To graduate, a student must earn a grade of C or higher in every course used to fulfill the major or minor requirements in English, including courses used to fulfill the foreign language requirement. All English majors are required to demonstrate (1) intermediate-level proficiency in a foreign language previously spoken or used to satisfy the NKU entrance requirement or (2) novice-level proficiency in a second foreign language. Students can demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency by either completing the appropriate 200-level course in the language studied in high school or by attaining an acceptable score on the CLEP test in that language. Students can demonstrate novice-level proficiency by completing two semesters of a language not previously studied or spoken.

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