Department of English


We provide a connected set of language arts experiences that can launch a variety of careers in the fields of education, law and business, publishing and media, writing and speaking, information and research, politics and public service. As a result of study in our department, you will enhance your abilities in reading, writing, speaking, and listening--faculties that matter throughout the lives of all engaged citizens.

Employers want and need graduates who can write and communicate well, who can analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information, who have organizational, time management, and teamwork skills, and who appreciate diverse viewpoints. The courses and programs in the Department of English, which is the cornerstone of a liberal arts education, will help you to master these skills and become a lifelong learner.

Our undergraduate majors are designed to include connections to the community and opportunities to explore the world, with curricula flexible enough to allow a semester or a year of study abroad. Flannery O'Connor, who walked where you will walk, often serves as our inspiration, connecting us to the college's rich past and challenging us to focus our talents and time in this place on what truly matters.

Whether you choose employment or graduate work after your undergraduate years, our majors will connect you to success. Our department contains an MFA Program in Creative Writing and an MA in English; we also support the language arts content area for the Master of Arts in Teaching.


Critical Intelligence

All degree programs in the Department of English share a central, essential devotion to the core values of a liberal arts education: to help you cultivate your critical intelligence; develop your expressive skills in writing, speaking, and other forms of meaning-making; and advance your understanding of the ways language, writing, and argument function in historical and contemporary contexts.

Ethical Literacy

Each program's emphasis differs; however, all share a belief in the fundamental value of various forms of literacy and the skillful, ethical use of language and persuasion to the good functioning of society.


English majors learn and practice a variety of important transferable skills: critical and theoretical thinking; analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of information; research skills; writing and editing skills; communication skills; teamwork; time management; teamwork; lifelong learning; and global and diverse perspectives.  Therefore, the English major prepares students for a variety of careers in writing and editing, education, publishing, advertising, public relations, law, and business management and marketing.  English majors go on to work work for traditional and new media companies, advertising agencies, government agencies, public and private schools, colleges and universities, libraries, publishing houses and newspapers and magazines, public relations and law firms, nonprofit organizations and public service agencies.  Additionally, a major in English is good preparation for continued graduate or professional training in areas such as English, law, political science, public administration, psychology, and communications.


Creative Writing

Writing poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and drama is foregrounded when you choose the BA in English, Creative Writing Concentration or the MFA in Creative Writing. More information about the Undergraduate Creative Writing Program is here; and more information about the the MFA Creative Writing Program is here. Download the English Major brochure here.


The primary purpose of the undergraduate major and graduate study in English is engagement with a wide range of literature and culture. Reading British and American literature, as well as international works, is foregrounded when you choose the BA in English, Literature Concentration or the MA in English. More information about the Undergraduate Literature Program is here, and more information about the the MA English Program is here. Download the English Major brochure here.

Department Spotlight

The Department of English welcomes the Class of 2022 English majors!

Class of 2022 after Convocation on August 17, 2018

The Department of English and the Ina Dillard Russell Library were awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Big Red grant to co-sponsor events in the fall focused on Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones. Read the announcement here.

Professor of English Mary Magoulick's peer-reviewed article “Trickster Lives in Erdrich: Continuity, Innovation, and Eloquence of a Troubling, Beloved Character” was published in the Journal of Folklore Research, Vol. 55, No. 3, September-December 2018, pp. 87-126.

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Kerry Neville spent Fall 2018 in Limerick, Ireland as a Fulbright Scholar.  Her interview with the University of Limerick Newsletter appears here. Her second short story collection, Remember to Forget Me was published in 2017.

The Journal of African Literature Association (JALA) Fall 2019/Winter 2020 issue will focus on the the scholarly work of Professor of English Eustace Palmer, past president of the association.

Lecturer of Creative Writing Hali Sofala-Jones' poetry collection, Afakasi | Half-Caste has been published by Sundress Publications.

MA student Mikaela LaFave will attend the University of Georgia Ph.D. Program in English on a full fellowship in the fall.

MFA Student Brittany Barron is the southern region student representative of the English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta.

BA student Jaycee Billington will attend the Iowa Writer's Workshop, widely known as the best and most competitive MFA program in the country, in the fall.

More faculty and student achievements can be read here.


Department of English
Arts & Sciences Room 3-03  |  Campus Box 44
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone: (478) 445-4581
Fax: (478) 445-5961