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Welcome from the Chair

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Department of English Web site at Florida Atlantic University. With over 30 tenure-line faculty members, our department is proud to offer a vibrant and diverse array of programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Our undergraduate majors acquire a broad background in literature while simultaneously pursuing one of five areas of concentration: American Literature, British Literature, Multicultural Literature and Gender Studies, Writing and Rhetoric, or World Literature. Students reap the benefit of an accomplished faculty devoted to excellence in both teaching and scholarship, and our small class sizes offer ample opportunity for discussion. Our internship program also assists students in exploring career opportunities beyond the classroom. At the graduate level, we offer the MA, the MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching English), and the MFA in Creative Writing. Our MA students, many of whom go on to pursue their PhD in some of the finest programs throughout the country, enjoy a curriculum that includes all periods and genres and encourages traditional and innovative approaches to scholarship and criticism. The MAT program is geared toward students seeking advanced study in English pedagogy. Our MFA students specialize in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction, pursuing half of their coursework in creative writing workshops and half in literature and theory seminars. In addition to our accomplished creative writing faculty, the Lawrence A. Sanders Writer-in-Residence Program welcomes a nationally renowned writer of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction to the program each Spring. Graduate coursework for all degrees are delivered in small seminars, and all degrees culminate in a thesis.

The department hosts a robust series of events throughout the year to enrich the experience of all of our students and faculty members. These events include literary readings by prestigious writers, lectures by scholars and critics, and symposia and workshops geared toward the job market, publication, and the graduate school application process. We also publish the University’s Literary Magazine Coastlines.

I encourage you to explore the site to learn about our exciting program in more detail. We look forward to seeing you!

Sincerely,

Eric Berlatsky
Department Chair and Associate Professor

 

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