Welcome to the Department of English, Rhetoric and Writing at Berry!
We hope that you’ll find
our website helpful, whether you are a current major, a graduate of our
program, or a student who’s thinking about majoring or minoring in English or minoring in Writing. Our website
has information about current and future course
offerings, scholarships, program descriptions and major
requirements, work opportunities and faculty news and notes, as well as alumni news.
English is one of the
largest departments at Berry, both in terms of number of majors and number of
faculty, yet our classes are small (no more than 15, typically, in an upper
division course) and interactive. This means that your experience as a major or
minor in programs offered by the department will give you a chance to get to
know your fellow students and our faculty very well, while also giving you
exposure to a wide range of scholarly and extra-curricular interests in which
our community participates. Those interested in teaching will get a firsthand
opportunity to experience classroom teaching; those who enjoy creative writing
will not only have opportunities to hone their craft but to share their work
with the Berry community; those who love to read and analyze literature will
have many means by which to do so. We believe in active, not passive, learning!
In addition to their
studies, our majors are involved in a wide range of activities, intercollegiate
athletics and campus leadership opportunities. English majors are Bonner
Scholars, Resident Assistants, First-Year Mentors, Presidential Scholars,
musicians, actors and leaders across campus. They also work on campus, often
as research assistants for our faculty, office assistants in the Department
office, or as student tutors at Berry's Writing Center.
Our faculty are not only
excellent classroom teachers (several of whom have won campus-wide teaching
awards in recent years), but also active scholars and writers in their various
disciplines. In the past few years, our faculty have published or edited
scholarly books, collections of poetry, short fiction and many articles in
scholarly publications, not to mention regularly presenting papers at various
conferences nationally and internationally. Just one example of our faculty’s
excellence: Dr. Sandra Meek, Dana Professor of English, Rhetoric and Writing,
was recently awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry to
support her continued work; her most recent collection, "Road Scatter," has
received excellent reviews as well.
In sum, we are a vibrant
community of active and engaged participants in a close-knit community not only
of the mind, but of campus and civic life as well. We hope you will read
on and learn more about us, or come for a visit. Should you have any questions,
please feel free to send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Lara Whelan, Associate Professor
Chair, English, Rhetoric and Writing
Do you have any news to share? You can pass it on to one of our faculty members or email us at email@example.com. We'd love to hear from you.