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Department of English

About the Department

As the foundation for so many career paths, the study of English is the creative core of higher education. At CSU, you’ll develop critical thinking, reading, writing, and language skills that support a lifelong love of learning.

With a firm foundation in English, you can pursue a career in teaching, journalism, or creative writing, or prepare for the broader study of law, business, or medicine. English majors often work toward graduate degrees in rhetoric, technical communication, and creative writing. See what our graduates are doing via the CSU English YouTube channel.

As a student of English at CSU, your education will be immersive and hands-on. Publish your work in peer-reviewed journals, present at national conferences, conduct independent research projects, and study in inspirational locations around the world.


Essie Ndem

 I am a scholarship awarded first-year law student at Mercer University School of Law, and I attained a B.A. in English with a concentration in Professional Writing at Columbus State University in 2015. While studying English Professional Writing at CSU, I gained insight on the importance of effective communication and the power of written words. The various assignments consisting of independent and group efforts were synonymous to typical workplace occurrences, which instilled universal skills that can be used in any professional environment...After graduating, I wanted to raise international awareness on the importance of professionalism and career development. I created a two-branch campaign, designed to help students abroad attain optimal levels of success through joint endeavors in academia and mastering vocational skills...The students received information on how to set and achieve goals, time management skills, and effective communication...I couldn’t have made it this far without the incredible support of the English department professors, who always challenged me to give more and do more. I am a CSU cougar for life, GO COUGARS! 


Create Your Future

The Department of English offers a number of degrees and minors. Explore your options here.

Department Degree Programs
Program Type Programs Available
Bachelor's English - Creative Writing (B.A.), English - Literature (B.A.), English - Professional Writing (B.A.), English - Secondary Education (B.A.)
Minors Creative Writing, Linguistics, Literature, Professional Writing
Endorsements ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) Endorsement
Undergraduate Certificates TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Undergraduate Certificate

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Learn From the Best

The Department of English is home to many accomplished faculty members. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. Thanks to a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in our English degree programs.


Dr. Judith Livingston
Department Chair / Associate Professor


Dr. Allen Gee


Dr. Courtney George
Associate Professor


Dr. Rebecca Gerdes McClain
Associate Professor


Dr. Leslie Haines
Lecturer of English


Dr. Susan Hrach
Professor of English / Faculty Center Director


Dontreal Jackson-Ross
Lecturer in English


Dr. Seon Jeon


Dr. Daewoo Jin
Assistant Professor of English


Joseph Miller


Dr. Nick Norwood
Professor / Carson McCullers Director


Dr. Carolina Pelaez-Morales
Associate Professor


Sundi Rose
Senior Lecturer


Natalia Temesgen
Associate Professor


Dr. Scott Wilkerson
Associate Professor


Crystal Woods
Assistant Professor

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We Can Help

Columbus State University offers students a number of scholarships each year. Learn more about available scholarships.


Beyond the Classroom

At Columbus State University, you'll have opportunities to enhance your education in our degree programs by participating in organizations, events, and more.


Our instructors are working professionals – active in the fields of creative writing, journalism, and the teaching arts. We share our passion for English with students through individual mentorships, one-on-one feedback, and experiential learning.

The Arden, Columbus State University’s award-winning literary journal, gives students an opportunity to develop valuable editing and publishing experience. The Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians offers a range of creative resources including scholarships, literary prizes, and an annual in-residence writing fellowship.


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