The Department of English remains dedicated to supporting the campus population. We are actively practicing social distancing, which means we remain open for business but we are limiting the number of students, faculty and staff on campus. At this time, we are currently working to provide assistance virtually or by phone. Please contact our office at: english@appstate.edu or 828-262-3098 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Welcome to the English Department at Appalachian State University!

In the English Department at Appalachian State, our work begins with incisive analysis of British, American, and World literature, but we also offer a broad array of courses that focus on film, creative writing, English education, professional writing, rhetoric and composition, critical theory, folklore, and other aspects of English studies. Our faculty publish scholarly books and articles on subjects ranging from Renaissance drama to contemporary cinema and edit academic journals. Our strongest commitment, however, is to outstanding work in the classroom, based on enthusiastic interaction with students and dynamic engagement with cultural history.

Our talented, highly motivated English majors and master's degree candidates work hard to sharpen their ability to think critically about works of literature and to understand how those works influenced and were influenced by the cultural contexts in which they were produced. They also develop interpretive skills that will help them to thrive in any career they choose after graduation. More specifically, our students learn to analyze complicated texts, to speak about them with confidence, and to write detailed, persuasive essays that support their conclusions about the works they have studied with carefully chosen, logically arranged evidence. These skills are, of course, necessary for students who aspire to teach or to earn graduate degrees in English, but they are equally valuable for students who choose to pursue careers in business, medicine, entertainment, publishing, broadcasting, advertising, journalism, government, and the law.

Our Statement on Diversity

Education is transformative, and open intellectual inquiry is the foundation of a university education and a democratic society. In the spirit of shared humanity and concern for our community and world, the Department of English faculty celebrate diversity as central to our mission and affirm our solidarity with those individuals and groups most at risk. In line with our departmental goals, we disavow all racism, xenophobia, homophobia, sexism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, classism, ableism, and hate speech or actions that attempt to silence, threaten, and degrade others.

As educators, we affirm that language and texts, films and stories help us to understand the experiences of others whose lives are different from ours. We value critical reasoning, evidence-based arguments, self-reflection, and the imagination. Building on these capacities, we hope to inspire empathy, social and environmental justice, and an ethical framework for our actions. We advocate for a diverse campus, community, and nation inclusive of racial minorities, women, immigrants, the LGBTQ+ community, and people of all religious faiths.

Latest News

David Hodgin Award Winners

Announcing the Winners of the David Hodgin Award

We are pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural David Hodgin English Award, which this year called for works that addressed the impact the Cov...

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New Visiting Assistant Professor in World Literature: Anna Muenchrath

We are pleased to announce our new hire in World Literature, Dr. Anna Muenchrath.           Dr. Anna...

Brandon Moore

Congratulations to Brandon Moore, RCOE Student Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Brandon Moore, BS in English Education 2020, for being named the RCOE Student Teacher of the Year. Out of 120 nominated studen...

Emory Maiden

Remembering Emory Maiden

On April 13, 2020, the English Department lost an esteemed colleague and friend, Dr. Emory V. Maiden, Jr. Emory began his career at App State in 1973,...

Congratulations Class of 2020

Congratulations Class of 2020!

Congratulations to our graduating class of 2020!Bachelor's DegreesOutstanding SeniorsKaitlin E. Brescia, English, Secondary EducationArthur L. Cleary,...

2020 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our Scholarship Winners

We are thrilled to announce this year's scholarship winners! ScholarshipStudentDegree ProgramCratis D. Williams Memorial Scholarship in English ...

New Award to Commemorate Professor David Hodgin

The Appalachian State University English Department has a new scholarship commemorating Professor David Hodgin. For more details on the current David ...

Brothers Like These

"I wonder what my life would be if I never had to cross the sea / but if I had not I would not have met/brothers like these." This is the closing line...

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Do you have an electronic signature set up?Here are some methods you can use to set one up.Method 1: Transparent background signatureGet a background ...

Q & A with The Peel’s Upcoming Editor-in-Chief

Want to know more about the student-run Literature and Arts Review club The Peel? You’ve come to the right place! This article is a Q & A with n...