Undergraduate English Overview
As a department in a liberal arts university, we seek to educate students in the humanistic endeavor of reading, writing, and studying texts in a variety of genres from across cultures and times. We want our students to become successful humanists who can effectively analyze writing and participate in the creation of knowledge and texts. Therefore, we view composition and literary study as indelibly linked. Within the structure of our curriculum and within our individual courses, we strive to show how reading imaginative and explicative texts is intimately connected to academic, civic, and creative writing.
The English Department at the University of Illinois at Springfield offers the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees, and an undergraduate minor in English. Students may study a wide range of courses in British, American, and World Literature, and Creative, Digital and Professional writing courses, as well as courses on different topics in literature and in specific genres.
The department offers courses that can help students prepare for teaching careers, for jobs as editors and writers, or for graduate work at the master’s or doctoral level. UIS students can enroll as English majors or minors by taking course work in a physical classroom or online. Campus-based courses typically meet one or two times weekly for several hours at the UIS campus in Springfield, Illinois.
Additionally, the Online English Program allows students to actively participate in dynamic, diverse, and interactive online learning communities and earn their degrees via the internet. The online format enables students to complete course work on their own time and at their own pace within the framework of the traditional semester using the latest networked information technologies. Online students are given access to educational resources, academic advisors, and other course-related materials.
Departmental Goals and Objectives
By the time students graduate they should:
- Write with confidence, precision, and an awareness of audience.
- Perform sophisticated analysis of diverse literary texts in a range of mediums, including visual and multimedia.
- Conduct professional research on a variety of academic, social, and cultural questions.
- Recognize the diversity of human experience in its many forms of expression.
- Create cutting edge digital texts using a range of technologies.
- Take an active role in shaping the future of literature and culture.