Mar 23, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin

Department of English and Creative Writing

For more information about degree offerings by the faculty of English, visit the Department of English and Creative Writing webpage. 

The aim of the undergraduate program in English and creative writing is to educate students in literature and language and in the practice of writing, and to enhance their understanding of the tradition of liberal arts. The major develops the ability to understand and appreciate literature in its historical and cultural contexts, to read closely and analytically in a broad range of texts, and to write about language and literature with clarity and precision.

The English core emphasizes basic experiences of the literary tradition in England and America and introduces students to critical methods and theoretical approaches to literary study. On this foundation, English electives focus on literary periods, major literary figures, the several genres of literature, and the nature and history of the English language. Work in related areas such as foreign languages, philosophy, history, film studies, and creative writing is encouraged. The overall aim of the program is flexible, yet directive and cumulative, and provides broad opportunities for professional as well as personal post-graduate application.

Undergraduate Academic Programs

The faculty of English offer courses leading to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in English and creative writing . The interdisciplinary character of the creative writing specialization is reflected through cross-listings with the faculty of media studies  and film studies .

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the English & Creative Writing degree will:

1. Progress toward Critical Perspectivegain and demonstrate knowledge of an historically varied range of Anglophone literary texts by reading them and writing about them;

2. Progress toward Creative Knowledge and Practice: Write and present in public creative work in different creative writing genres.

3. Progress toward Professionalization: participate in a larger creative community through activities such as peer critiques, writers groups, meetings with professional writers, attendance at public events, submitting work to publications, and presenting work in public.

4. Progress toward Self-actualization: a) articulate goals through formal written statements, informal journal entries, oral questions and answers, or other reporting methods and b) assess their own progress towards those goals through self-reflection artifacts.

Teacher Education Program

Students seeking secondary teacher certification in English must declare education as a second major. This double major leads to teacher certification in Oklahoma (and preparation for certification in other states). In order to qualify, students must complete all the tasks listed on the Department of Education page of this Bulletin, including acceptance into the Teacher Education Program and to the Student Teaching Semester.

In addition, English education majors must include the following courses as part of their major:

English education majors are assigned two faculty advisors, one in the Department of English and one in the Department of Education.


Laura Stevens

Jennifer Airey
Dennis Denisoff
Lars Engle
Robert A. Jackson
Holly A. Laird
Sean Latham
Laura Stevens

Associate Professors
Jeffrey Drouin
Grant Jenkins

Assistant Professor
Don James McLaughlin

Applied Associate Professor
Sara Beam

Applied Assistant Professors
Mark Rideout




      English & Creative Writing