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Department of English,
Fretwell 275
UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223

Tel: 704‑687‑0011
Fax: 704‑687‑1401

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Department of English


Welcome to the Department of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. We’ve provided this website so you can to get to know us and discover what you will learn as an English major. Majoring in English at UNC Charlotte includes an array of options that allows you to create your own educational path to the BA in English. We offer four exciting undergraduate concentrations that give you the opportunity to study an area of English in depth: Creative Writing, Language and Digital Technology, Literature and Culture, and Pedagogy. You can also pursue a general course of study in the major. Our faculty members include linguists, technical writing scholars, creative writers, literature specialists, and rhetoric/composition scholars. We publish a broad variety of scholarly and creative writing: ranging from studies of slavery in children’s literature, to politeness on Youtube, to ecocritical approaches to early modern literature, to the literacy of electronic gaming, to stories about women with dark horses. Our courses are equally diverse and provocative.  Whether or not you choose an area of concentration as an English major, you will graduate with six skills that are essential in today’s world:

•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills
•    An awareness of and respect for diverse ideas and viewpoints
•    The ability to analyze and understand complex ideas and texts
•    Experience in inventing drafting, editing, and publishing both printed
     and electronic texts
•    A knowledge of the history of spoken language, written literature, rhetoric,
     and communication technologies
•    The ability to collaborate on complex research and writing tasks

Our Department Newsletter will give you information and news about our people: faculty, staff, current and former students. And you can explore our undergraduate and graduate degree programs through the menus on this page. Please feel free to contact our administrators, our faculty, and our staff to learn more about how we can help you.

Department Profile

•    Undergraduate BA program offers four concentrations in Creative Writing,
     Language and Digital Technology, Literature and Culture, and Pedagogy.

•    Graduate MA program offers concentrations in Children’s Literature and
     Technical/Professional Writing, as well as emphases in Applied Linguistics,
      Rhetoric/Composition, Creative Writing, English for Specific Purposes, and
      Literature. We also offers a Certificate in Technical Communication and
      a Masters of Arts in English Education. Additionally, the English
      Department offers the English literacy strand of the
      Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, housed in the
      College of Education.

•    Sponsors undergraduate minors in English as well as in Children’s
      Literature and Childhood Studies, Diverse Literatures and Cultural
      Studies, and Technical/Professional Writing.

•    Enrolls over 400 undergraduate and 80 graduate students. 

English Department faculty members have been well recognized for their scholarship along with their editorial and creative work. Their achievements include:

•    Books over the past ten years published by such presses as Ashgate;
     Duke UP; Harvard UP;  Heinemann; Johns Hopkins UP; MLA;
     Michigan State UP; Palgrave McMillan; Pearson/Longman;
     Peter Lang; Reaktion; Routledge;  Rutgers UP; Springer;
     U of Georgia P; U of Iowa P; U of Tennessee P; and W.W. Norton.

•    Editorships of two international journals: Configurations and
     Journal of Language of Aggression and Conflict.
     Editorship of the Book Series: Intersections in Science and
(U. Wales Press)

•    Awards including the First Citizens Bank Scholars Medal; Bernstein Award;
     Steve Cahir Excellence in Early Scholarship Award; Award for Contributions
     to Revitalizing the Catawba Language; Jack Dyer Fiction Prize;
     Outstanding book of the year by the Georgia Writer's Association;
     Jay R. Gould Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication Award;
     North American Review’s Kurt Vonnegut Fiction Prize for an original
     short story; Nell Ann Picket Award Best Article of the Year in
     Technical Communication Quarterly; Starcherone Press book prize.

•    Fellowships from The Advanced Institute in the Humanities; University of
     Edinburgh; Boston Athenæum;  Centre for Research in the Arts,
     Social Sciences, and Humanities, Cambridge University;  Trent Dames
     Fellowship in the History of Civil Engineering; Huntington Library; Beinecke
     Rare Book and Manuscript Library; Yale University; The Folger
     Shakespeare Library;  American Philosophical Society; Christopher
     Isherwood Foundation; Gilder Lehrman Institute of American Studies;
     New York Public Library; NEH; Dibner Library of the History of
     Science and Technology, Smithsonian Institute; Lemelson Center for
     the Study of Invention and Innovation; Harry Ransom Research Center,
     University of Texas; the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities;
     and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Faculty members have received a number of teaching awards, including the Bonnie E. Cone Distinguished Professor for Teaching; the Bank of America Teaching Award; and the Harshini V. de Silva Award. The department collectively was selected for the Provost's Award for Teaching Excellence in 1996.

Faculty community service is also  strong and includes working with The Arts and Sciences Council; Cabarrus County Natural Heritage Advisory Board; Central Piedmont Community College; Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library; Coastal Carolina Indian Center; Eastern Cabarrus Historical Society; Foundation For The Carolinas; Johnson C Smith University; Johnson YMCA; The Light Factory, A Contemporary Museum Of Photography And Film; National Museum Of The American Indian; NC Gerontology Consortium; NC Humanities Council; On Q Productions; The Scholars' Council For The UNC Tomorrow Commission; SC State Native American Recognition Committee; The Women's Impact Fund; and the YWCA's Downtown Child Development Center.

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Professor Mark West
was named the winner of the 2016
Anne Devereaux Jordan Award!
Presented by the Children's
Literature Association for
"significant contributions in
scholarship and/or service to
the field of children's literature."

National Book Awards '15

♦ Attention ♦ 
Incoming Graduate Students 
The Russell M. Robinson II
Graduate Scholarship in English

⇒[Application --Word Doc-- will download]
2016 - 2017

Technical Communication

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about our Tech Comm program!


Shakespeare Abroad

Mark's Monday Missive

Sigma Tau Delta, the
International Honor Society
for English Majors wants
YOU to be a member!

Contact Prof. Alan Rauch
T-shirts ARE available NOW

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