The Department of English, Theatre and Communication prepares students to communicate in a new century.

The English program offers a variety of emphases that ready students to engage the world on a number of different levels. The liberal arts emphasis provides a rich and broad study in literature, criticism, and effective writing. This knowledge prepares students for graduate studies or careers in business, government, and more specialized fields such as public relations and advertising. The mass communication emphasis prepares students to enter the exciting world of print or broadcast journalism; students gain real-world experience working on the student newspaper or the campus radio station. The secondary education emphasis, a combined degree with teacher education, prepares students to teach English at the high school level. The creative writing emphasis is the newest in the program. It allows students to explore their creativity while learning to write for many different audiences in many different genres.

2022-2023 Degrees

Program Department Faculty

Program Chair

Beth Bonnstetter, Ph.D.


Beth Bonnstetter, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors

  • Jessica Brown, Ph.D.
  • Lynnea King, Ph.D.


  • Kathleen Chavez, M.A.
  • Michelle LeBlanc, M.F.A.

Adjunct Instructors

  • Ellen Novotny

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