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    Department of English
   Haven-Warren Building, Room 100
   (404) 880-8169


The Department of English is one of the largest units in the School of Arts and Sciences. Its twenty-one (21) full-time professors teach both undergraduate and graduate courses. The department offers courses that satisfy the University's core requirements in English and the humanities and prepares students for the Bachelor of Arts and the Master of Arts degrees in English. The English Department also offers courses that fulfill the requirements in linguistics and literature for graduate degrees in English education, African-American Studies and the interdisciplinary Doctor of Arts in Humanities (DAH). Each semester, over 2000 students take undergraduate and graduate classes in English composition, humanities, linguistics, and a variety of literature courses, including British, American, Africana, African-American, and ethnic American literature. Also, the Department of English sponsors extracurricular activities and organizations that enhance the cultural and academic climate of Clark Atlanta University and the Atlanta community. Foremost among them is the Annual Writers Workshop Conference, winner of the 1995 Governor's Award in the humanities. Other activities are the African- American Read-In (an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English, NCTE), the Charles Waddell Chesnutt Association (an affiliate of the American Literature Association), and the annual James Weldon Johnson Gala (a fund-raiser for the department).

The Department of English offers a varied and rich curriculum to both undergraduates and graduate students. The department is particularly proud of its multicultural approach to teaching literature and its efforts to expand the curriculum to include Asian, Africana, Caribbean and Native American literatures. Undergraduates are prepared to further their education in graduate and professional schools and to assume careers in public school teaching and administration. Undergraduate students take survey and specialty courses in linguistics and in English, American, and African-American literatures. Further, a variety of colloquia, such as the one on Asian-American literature, enriches the curricular offerings. Students are required to take two years of one foreign language, write a senior thesis and pass an English comprehensive examination. Graduate students in the M.A. program must take the standard British and American literature courses plus additional courses in African-American and Africana literature. Students pursuing the M.A. degree in English must pass a foreign language examination and a comprehensive examination in four areas of literature: American, African-American, British, and Africana. In addition, M.A. students must write a thesis reflecting substantial research. A doctoral student seeking the DAH degree with a concentration in English is required to take courses in the areas described above and pass a comprehensive examination in British and American literature, humanistic inquiry, and pedagogy. In addition, doctoral students must complete two foreign language requirements and write a dissertation.