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The ECU Department of English offers the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts in English (the English major)
  • Master of Arts in English with eight concentration options
  • PhD in Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication
  • Undergraduate Minors in English, Creative Writing, Film Studies, and Linguistics
  • Undergraduate Certificates in Business and Technical Communication and in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Graduate Certificates in Professional Communication, Multicultural and Transnational Literatures, TESOL, and Teaching English in the Two-Year College

In addition, English students at ECU can expect to benefit from a breadth of faculty expertise across many areas of study (creative writing, rhetoric, literature, linguistics and film studies among others). We are a large department with many dedicated scholar-teachers; the departments hosts a number of journals, offers many internship opportunities, and puts out exciting interdisciplinary research and creative projects. Above all, student success is our first priority.

Want to know more about what we've been up to lately? Visit our Facebook page or check out the resources below!

Dr. Marianne Montgomery, Chair: Welcome to the English department

"'Can't Sleep. Clowns Will Eat Me!': The Origins of the 2016 Clown Panic - East Carolina University English professors Andrea Kitta and Jim Kirkland look at the recent clown panic from a folklore perspective, and Randall Martoccia turns a trembling gaze towards scary clowns in pop culture.

Selecting the Right Major - a guest editorial by Dr. David Wilson-Okamura

Writing in the English Department

Learn more about how we learn and teach writing in the English department from our chair, Dr. Marianne Montgomery.

Major in a Minute




Meet an English Major







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Go English!

The following video follows professors in several areas of English as they explain their research, talk about their students, and discuss the affordances of an ECU education in the Department of English.