Stephen F. Austin State University

Department of English

Welcome to the Department of English at Stephen F. Austin State University!

The Department of English offers a variety of courses in world, British, and American literature; writing; creative writing; film studies; linguistics; and literary criticism. We house a variety of majors and minors in these and related fields, and we instruct both undergraduate and graduate (MA) students. Our faculty members are productive and creative scholars; they teach with enthusiasm and skill and hold degrees from universities all across America.

Please use the navigational links on the left to learn more about the department and its offerings. You will also find our contact information on the right. We hope that you will make courses from the Department of English a vital part of your college career!

Highlights of Some English Courses in Spring 2018

ENG 440 Field Methods Spring 2018 TR 9:30-10:45:

This course will be a descriptive linguistic field methods course in which we will elicit data from a language informant in order to analyze the phonological and morphosyntactic systems of the language. The prerequisite for the course is ENG 341 Introduction to Linguistics or ENG 344 Structures of English. The course will include a review of phonetic transcription, phonology, and morphosyntax. All course materials will be provided by me. The final grade is based on three take-home assignments. The course can be used to satisfy the non-English category of the Linguistics minor, as an elective in the minor, a 300-400 level elective in English, or an upper-division general elective for the university. If you have taken (or are currently in) one of the above courses when signing up for the course, please email me at if for some reason it won't allow you to register and I'll issue the proper permits.

Christopher D. Sams, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Linguistics and Coordinator of English Education

Stephen F. Austin State University

Highlights of Some English Courses in Fall 2018

ENG 319 TR 11-12:15

The 20th Century was one of the most transformational periods in human history. Cubist and Surrealist paintings, cinema, jazz, the internal monologue in poetry and the stream of consciousness in fiction were introduced and developed during this time. Painters, film makers, musicians, novelists and poets explored many experimental forms to accurately describe both the internal and external worlds that they perceived. We will read and discuss poets such as Gerard Hopkins, W.B. Yeats, T.S Eliot, Dylan Thomas, and Seamus Heaney, and fiction by such authors as Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Muriel Spark. We will also consider essays that will help to inform us about this troubled but fascinating century.

Michael Given, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English

Stephen F. Austin State University