English and Modern Languages

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In UHart’s Department of English and Modern Languages, you prepare for a successful career by developing critical reading and organizational skills, research techniques, and you’ll learn how to use your imagination in our writing-intensive classes. Our faculty are award-winning teachers and published authors who take an interest in your work and get to know you well in our small class sizes.    

English majors can choose from three areas of emphasis:

Creative Writing: Learn good research, writing, editing and storytelling skills while producing your own stories, poems, plays, critical and personal essays.

Literature: Study literature in historical and cultural contexts and learn how the works of generations of writers explore unifying ideas, ideals, achievements, and aspirations. You’ll acquire skills in critical thinking, creative expression, close reading, persuasive writing, and effective speaking.

Secondary Education: This emphasis prepares you to teach English at the secondary level and for initial teaching certification for grades 7-12.

English and Modern Languages Department Minors:

If you enjoy reading and thinking about great literature and writing your own essays, poems, plays, and stories, then a minor in English can complement any program of study at UHart. There are two minor tracks in English. A general minor in English allows you to sample a variety of English courses, while the creative writing minor is a little more focused and requires the Introduction to Creative Writing course and three additional creative writing workshops, along with two English electives.

Minors are also offered in French, Italian, and Spanish to increase your knowledge of the language, as well as the particular culture. These minors can enhance any program of study such as criminal justice, communication, history, international studies, or politics and government.

There are plenty of opportunities to apply the skills you learn in the classroom:

Get Writing Experience

Each year the department publishes Aerie, a literary journal of student work, as well as chapbooks and broadsides. Visit aeriejournal.com for more information. Or you can join the staff and write for the Informer student newspaper. You also get hands-on experiences for credit through internships as a writer for companies and organizations in the Hartford area.

Learn more about the Aerie Journal
Enter Writing Competitions

Enter your writing in a competition such as the Connecticut Poetry Circuit, or apply to attend a writing conference like the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont. On campus, you can compete in the Department’s annual Spring Writing Awards, with prizes that can include up to $1,000. There are several writing categories. For a complete list and rules, email Professor Benjamin Grossberg at grossberg@hartford.edu.

Internships

Our internship program is where you can earn credit for work as a writers or editor of campus publications, or for comparable work at companies and organizations in the Hartford region.

Join the International English Honor Society

Membership in the Psi Phi chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society.  is open to declared English majors who meet high standards in terms of their classroom performance and their academic integrity. The Psi Phi chapter sponsors an annual lecture, performs community service, and offers English majors various social opportunities during the school year.

Meet the Department of English and Modern Languages

Mark Blackwell
Associate Dean for Academic Planning and Curriculum; Professor
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Nicholas Ealy
Director, French Minor; Associate Professor
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Maria Esposito Frank
Director, Italian Minor; Professor of Italian and Renaissance Studies
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Benjamin S. Grossberg
Director, Creative Writing Program; Assistant Professor
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Nels P. Highberg
Associate Professor
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Donald Jones
Associate Professor of English; Director of Honors Program
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Beth Richards
Assistant Professor; Director of First- and Second-Year Writing Programs
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Ines Rivera
Assistant Professor of English, McLean Fellow
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Dominick Rolle
Visiting Assistant Professor; Jackie McLean Fellow
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Bryan Sinche
Associate Professor; Department Chair
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Julie Sochacki
Clinical Associate Professor of English; Director of English Secondary Education Program
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Erin Striff
Associate Professor; Director, Drama Minor
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Amanda Walling
Assistant Professor of English
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Nancy Dudek
Office Coordinator
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Donna Galin
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