Dr. Joe Wilferth,
The English department at UTC offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs leading to:
- The Bachelor of Arts in English and American Language and Literature
- The Bachelor of Arts in English and American Language and Literature: Writing
- The Master of Arts in English: Literary Study, Criticism, and Research
- The Master of Arts in English: Composition and Rhetorical Studies
- The Master of Arts in English: Creative Writing
We also offer undergraduate minor concentrations in:
- Rhetoric and Writing
- Creative Writing
In keeping with our commitment to liberal education, we also provide numerous support courses, programs, and institutes for general education and writing.
The English department is home to several publications, including Poetry Miscellany, The Tennessee Philological Bulletin, MidAmerica, Midwestern Miscellany, and The Tennessee English Journal; the department also directs several ongoing workshops and series, including the Meacham Writers Conference, the Take Five lecture series, and the Works in Progress lecture series. Our faculty is also strongly involved in several important programs, including the UTC Writing Center, the University Honors Program, the English as a Second Language Institute, the Writing Across the Curriculum initiative, and the biannual Chattanooga Conference on Southern Literature.
In all of its work, the English department's fundamental goal is to develop literacy and analytical skills, leading our students to become independent, reflective, critical readers and writers. Toward this end we offer small, discussion-oriented classes emphasizing close reading and careful writing, conducted by faculty members who are committed to excellence in teaching and mentoring students.