Learn to read, write, and think critically with the Hillyer College English faculty. They work with you to develop these skills, the key to success during and after college.
About the Department
Our Department of English faculty help you develop your ability to read, write, and think critically. Whether you continue in an English-related field such as secondary education and journalism or enter the countless others where effective communication matters, you will have developed the mindset of someone who can contribute to conversations on important issues, along with the skills necessary to enhance that contribution.
You will take a two-semester writing sequence in your first year, then select two sophomore courses from options including:
- American and English Literature,
- African American Literature
- Literature Across Cultures
- Advanced Composition
- Creative Writing
Study the literary, political, historical, and cultural foundations of American identity—where it has been, how it is changing, and where it may be heading. Advance your understanding of both the United States and your individual identity.
Hillyer English Students Bring Graphic Novels to Life
The graphic novel is the focus of a Hillyer College English course, Studies in Literature, taught by Instructor of English and Speech Maria Johnson. At the start of the semester, students chose classic novels that have been given visual treatment: The Scarlet Letter, The Great Gatsby, Frankenstein, Fahrenheit 450, the Stories of Edgar Allen Poe, The Odyssey, A Christmas Carol, The Diary of Anne Frank, Les Misérables, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Hobbit, and A Wrinkle in Time.
With the help of a professional illustrator Bob Selby, Zooming in from Maine, along with YouTube instruction by other artists, students explored how layout, color, and other design elements bring their chosen novels to visual life. Read more.
Research Interests: African Literature and Film, Oral African Literature, African Textual/Bibliographic Studies, African-American Literature and Culture
Why do you enjoy teaching students in Hillyer?
Small class sizes put every Hillyer student in a "front row" seat and as a result I get to know each student as an individual with his/her own needs and talents.