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Clark Atlanta University
Department of English
223 James P. Brawley Drive, S.W.
Haven-Warren Building, Room 100

Atlanta, GA 30314
Phone: (404) 880-6733

Department Overview

We know that you will agree that the English department is one of the most motivating and student focused departments at our historic university.  Our faculty is both accessible and interested in both the intellectual and the personal development of each of our students, from entering freshmen to graduating English majors, and M.A. and Ph.D. Humanities/Concentration English students.  Our English students share a cohesive spirit in their classes and their extra-curricular activities, working together to make their experience at our university both stimulating and memorable. 

The English department 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.  The Conference features student writing from Clark Atlanta University as well as from the other AU Center colleges and the larger Atlanta community. The English department is the home of the Charles Waddell Chesnutt Association.  The Association is an affiliate of both the American Literature Association and the College Language Association.  English Club is open to undergraduate students who are interested in participating in various activities with their peers including volunteer work at area public schools.  Our Department also sponsors the Alpha Beta Beta chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta National English Honor Society.  The Society is open to undergraduate and graduate students who hold high grade point averages. 

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.  Our courses are enriched by scholars who are experts in their fields.  Undergraduates are prepared to further their education in graduate and professional schools and to assume careers in public school teaching and administration, business professions, journalism, and creative writing. Undergraduate students take survey and specialty courses in linguistics and in English, American, and African-American literatures. We also offer a Creative Writing Minor instructed by faculty who are published in fiction and poetry. 

Students are encouraged to broaden their horizons by engaging in elective courses from other departments that interest them.  English majors who are interested in creative writing are encouraged to take creative writing courses as part of their English elective requirements.  Non-English majors who are interested in law school or business professions will be interested in minoring in English.

Graduate level students will find our M.A. and Ph.D. Humanities/English Concentration degrees stimulating and focused on critical thinking and publishable writing.  We also offer graduate students the opportunity to teach college composition and/o world literature courses once they have earned 18 hours in English. 

Please investigate our website, including our course offerings, to introduce yourself to our professors and instructors as well as to our course offerings.