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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of English

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Joanna Levin, Ph.D., Chair

Professors: Axelrod, Barnard, Bausch, Blaylock, Fuery, Kozameh, Leahy, Lehnhof, Nakell, Paterno, Ruppel, Yeager, Zoellner;
Associate Professors: Hall, Levin, Magosaki, Osborn;
Instructional Associate Professors: Glaser, Van Meter;
Assistant Professor: Hudson;
Instructional Assistant Professors: Dressel, Lewis, Read-Davidson;
Assistant Professor of Journalism: Jolly;
Instructor: Robblee.

The mission of the Department of English is to exemplify and encourage the ability to think creatively and critically and to express ideas with clarity and intellectual rigor, to develop a detailed knowledge of several cultural traditions and to foster the desire to explore related fields of study, such as psychology, history, philosophy, linguistics, sociology and religious studies. The department provides Chapman students with innovative and rigorous instruction in critical thinking and writing skills, in-depth knowledge of the world’s literary traditions and a basis for lifelong learning in an interdisciplinary context.

English degree programs give students knowledge and skills they can use to succeed in many careers. English is particularly useful as a double major or minor in combination with business, pre-law, social work, government, pre-med and media studies. English alumni employ their highly sought-after thinking and communication skills as copy editors, advertising executives, software developers, reporters, technical writers, teachers and professors.

Extracurricular Opportunities
In addition to an outstanding curriculum, the major in English at Chapman offers students opportunities and activities in a variety of academic and professional areas including:

  • Sigma Tau Delta, National English Honors Society.
  • Summer courses taught abroad.
  • Tutoring in the Writing Center.
  • Internships in schools, news organizations and corporations.
  • Poetry and fiction readings.
  • Distinguished Writers Series.
  • The Panther student newspaper.
  • Calliope, Chapman’s literary journal.
  • John Fowles Center for Creative Writing.
  • Tabula Poetica: The Center for Poetry at Chapman University.

Graduate Programs

Creative Writing, M.F.A.
The Department of English offers the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. The M.F.A. is a terminal degree and qualifies the holder to teach at the college and university level. (See the Graduate catalog for more details.)
English, M.A.
The Master of Arts in English program provides quality instruction and personal guidance from experienced, nationally-known scholars and creative writers. The master’s degree offers the academic credentials necessary for community college teaching and preparation for doctoral study as well as a rich background for teachers and professionals at all levels. (See the Graduate catalog for more details.)

Departmental Honors
The department faculty awards departmental honors to students who have demonstrated outstanding work in their area. Requirements for consideration are nomination by a faculty member and a GPA of 3.330 in the major.


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