Here at the East Carolina Department of English, we are a vibrant and energetic collection of teachers, scholars, researchers, and writers. If you want to study here, we offer three degrees: a B.A. in English, an M.A. in English with concentrations in eight different areas, and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication. We also offer undergraduate minors in English, Creative Writing, Film Studies, and Linguistics. You can  earn an undergraduate certificate in business and technical communication or teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and post-baccalaureate certificates in professional communication, multicultural and transnational literatures, teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), and teaching English in two-year colleges.



The diversity of this department is one of its strengths: you can take coursework in literature, creative writing, technical and professional communication, rhetoric and composition, multicultural and transnational literatures, linguistics, theory and criticism, folklore, children's literature, teaching English to speakers of other languages, and film studies. You will also be in contact with faculty who are pedagogical scholars--that is, they study teaching. The Department of English also works closely with the University Writing Program; for more information on the UWP, please visit its pages on the Composition/Writing Foundations Program, the Writing Across the Curriculum Program, and the University Writing Center.

English Department News

For more stories, visit the English News Blog

Kitta Lectures on Slender Man
Dr. Andrea Kitta gave an invited talk at the Ohio State University! Andrea’s talk, “Slender Man and the Experience of the Supernatural,” was part of the Department of Classics’ Discovery Themes Lecture series. More about Andrea’s talk may be found here. Go English!

Read more ...

Mallory Featured in Pirate Profile
Dr. Anne Mallory is currently featured in a Pirate Profile, which rotates on ECU’s home page. Austin Allen, senior biochemistry and member of the Pirate Men’s Tennis Team, lists Mallory as the “professor who influenced him the most.” Allen states, “Dr. Anne Mallory was my English 1100 professor and greatly improved my writing skills. It was a ton of work at the time, but the improvements she brought to my writing abilities

Read more ...

John Hoppenthaler
Hoppenthaler to Read at Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival
John Hoppenthaler, Creative Writing Professor, will be a featured reader at this year’s Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival in Cary. For information on the festival, go to Go English!

Read more ...

Cariño Publishes Two New Poems
Ina Cariño, ECU Creative Writing minor graduate (2016) has published two new poems in The Fugue Journal. In addition, Cariño has just successfully defended her MFA Thesis at North Carolina State University. Fugue is managed and edited by graduate students in the English and Creative Writing Programs at University of Idaho in Northern Idaho. Go English!

Read more ...

Creative Writing Faculty Featured in the East Carolinian
Six Creative Writing faculty members (Luke Whisnant, John Hoppenthaler, Amber Flora Thomas, Robert Siegel, Liza Weiland and Randon Billings-Noble) read from their work on Feb. 26 to raise food for the Eastern and Central Food Baka of North Carolina ( Whisnant and Hoppenthaler were featured in the East Carolinian discussing their hopes for the reading. To read the full article, please

Read more ...


Learn more about our students, faculty and alumni