College of Humanities & Social Sciences

English Department

WELCOME TO THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT AT DIXIE STATE UNIVERSITY!

Whatever you hope to get out of college, you’ll find it here in the English Department. Our programs are designed to let you pick and choose from a variety of courses until you find the right fit for you. You’ll have access to clubs, programs, internships, and other opportunities to help you get to know other students, build up your resume, and prepare for your career.

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DEGREES OFFERED

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Courses

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Technical Writing & Digital Rhetoric, M.A.

The TW&DR program focuses on the intersections between technology and composition. Students study the foundation of rhetorical theory as it relates to and is represented in digital spaces, practice key communication skills, produce digital and print content, advance their knowledge and experience in writing across professional contexts, and prepare for the modern workforce, college-level teaching, or doctoral programs. Pursue this degree online or onsite.

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Creative Writing Emphasis, B.A./B.S.

Creative Writing courses enable students to develop and hone skills in three primary areas of creative literary production—poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

Create and Innovate

English Education Emphasis, B.A./B.S.

English education courses help students adopt and strengthen professional dispositions and skills needed by English language arts teachers.

Teach the Future

Literary Studies Emphasis, B.A./B.S.

Literature courses broaden and deepen students’ understanding of the unique value of literary expression as an aesthetic form that challenges the senses, the intellect, and the imagination.

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Professional and Technical Writing Emphasis, B.A./B.S.

Professional and technical writing courses introduce students to the procedures and practices that professional writers and editors use regularly, including grant writing, freelance writing, interactive media development, magazine production, technical editing, and document design.

Cross Your t's and dot your i's

Our Mission

The English Department at Dixie State University strives to instill in students an appreciation for the centrality of language and literature in human culture, particularly their function in social, historical, and political contexts. Students who major in English master skills in analyzing and evaluating texts and other media, as well as learning how to produce focused critical essays.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Critical Strategies: Apply critical terms, theoretical concepts, and interpretative strategies in the study of the English language with its written and visual texts.
  • Cultural and Ideological Awareness: Identify and examine the ideologies and core cultural beliefs present in multiple genres, forms, and modes.
  • Collaborative Learning: Analyze and evaluate texts, apply research methods, and produce scholarly, technical, and/or creative writing through varying collaborative activities.
  • Research and Information Literacy: Conduct advanced research and produce scholarly, technical, and/or creative writing for potential publication or formal presentation that exhibits sound rhetorical structure and source integration.
  • Professional Development: Prepare for employment by developing and demonstrating skills in critical thinking and sophistication in scholarly, technical, and/or creative writing.

Contact

Mike Peterson, Ph.D.

Department Chair

Email: Mike.Peterson@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4373

Office: Holland 446

Susan Ertel

Composition Program Coordinator

Email: ertel@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-652-7661

Office: Holland 453

Joy McMurrin, Ph.D.

Technical Writing & Digital Rhetoric Program Chair

Email: Joy.McMurrin@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4294

Office: Holland 448

Leslie Twitchell

Administrative Assistant

Email: Leslie.Twitchell@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-652-7815

Office: Holland 465