English is the study of the structural, moral, and aesthetic aspects of language and literature. At the University of Dubuque, your studies will connect you with students and faculty united by a common love of language and literature in its many forms. You will leave ready to build a career in many fields, including education, law, public service, nonprofit leadership, publishing, or business.

Making a Difference Through the Study of English
Students and faculty at UD are active in the classroom and the community and united by a shared love of language and literature in its many forms. Their work contributes to the advancement of literary and writing studies and a meaningful life. They have interacted in small, productive classroom settings, developed meaningful mentoring and colleague relationships, and pursued their chosen vocations with competence to lead lives of meaning and purpose.

Degree Distinctive

Reading Series: Each semester, emerging and established contemporary writers come to campus to share their work and discuss their professional and creative processes. Through readings, we are able to engage with the writer as she/he literally gives voice to her/his landscape -- the solitary experience becomes a shared, communal one. The writer becomes real to us, and we, to her/him.

Career Opportunities

Graduates with an English major may find careers in education (certification required), technical writing, publishing, or journalism; continue their study at the graduate level in English, communications specialties, library or information science, or law; or seek out positions not directly related to the field of English, but which utilize many of the skills fostered by the English curriculum. For students who intend careers in administration, government, law, education, and consumer public-contact roles, a background in English is particularly helpful.

Streamlines Conference

Streamlines is an undergraduate conference co-hosted by the University of Dubuque and Clarke University that gives college students an opportunity to share scholarship and creativity. For more information on this conference, contact the Department of Language and Literature.

Resources

English Faculty/Staff

Jonathan Barz

Jonathan BarzProfessor of English

Phone: 563.589.3185 Fax: 563.589.3416 Department: English Office: 302 Van Vliet Hall

Credentials

PhD, University of Minnesota; MA, Western Washington University; BS, Concordia University.

Andrew Jones

Andrew JonesAssociate Professor of English and Creative Writing

Phone: 563.589.3188 Fax: 563.589.3416 Department: English Office: 225 Charles C. Myers Library

Credentials

MFA, Minnesota State University; MA, California State University.

Michele McKinlay

Michele McKinlayAssistant Professor of Literature

Phone: 563.589.3678 Fax: 563.589.3416 Department: English Office: 306 Van Vliet Hall

Credentials

MA, University of Northern Iowa; BA, University of Northern Iowa; BA, University of Iowa.

Jeannine PitasAssistant Professor of English and Spanish

Phone: 563.589.3779 Fax: 563.589.3416 Department: English Office: 305 Van Vliet Hall

Credentials

PhD, University of Toronto; MA, University of Toronto; BA, Sarah Lawrence College.

Jessica Schreyer

Jessica SchreyerDepartment of English Head; Professor of English; Writing Program Administrator.

Phone: 563.589.3872 Fax: 563.589.3416 Department: English Office: 301 Van Vliet Hall

Credentials

PhD, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; MA, University of Northern Iowa; BA, University of Iowa.

Donovan Tann

Donovan TannAssociate Professor of English

Phone: 563.589.3272 Fax: 563.589.3416 Department: English