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 2016

ENG 448: Women Writers. One of the most familiar tropes of woman is that of the mother - we think about our own mothers, we see images and representations of mothers, we see and read stories about motherhood and parenting, and we contemplate whether those around us or ourselves will become mothers. This course will focus on texts written by women about motherhood: how do they conceptualize mothers? What do they see as the challenges and joys of motherhood? How does society view mothers and women who choose not to become mothers? How do mothers and women who choose not to be mothers conceive of their own identities?

Students will interview women about their decisions regarding motherhood, we will analyze online communities designed for mothers and women who choose not to be mothers, and we will engage texts women write about their own and other women's choices regarding motherhood with the aim of exploring the figure of the mother and its influence in our society.


Dr. Courtney Adams Wooten

Lower-Division Writing Program Administrator

Assistant Professor

Stephen F. Austin State University

Department of English

ENG 442 Translation Studies MWF 10:00-10:50 (Dr. Chris Sams)

This course will focus on basic communication (speaker/author, audience, and message), formal and dynamic equivalence (how much a translation reflects the grammatical forms of the original language), semantic theory (theory of meaning), language and culture, pragmatics (how language is used), ethics and translation, and technology and translation. The aim of the course is application and evaluation of theory. Knowledge of another language is not necessary but will be helpful. We will look at both language in isolation as well as literary passages in translation. No prerequisite.

ENG 458 Forensic Semantics TR 9:30-10:45 (Dr. Chris Sams) This course will focus on the analysis of the meaning of words, clauses, sentences, paragraphs, and discourse in legal, personal, and commercial communication (e.g., bribery cases, contracts, copyright infringement, courtroom discourse, depositions, plagiarism, policies, perjury, wills). No prior knowledge of Forensic Linguistics is assumed, nor is there a prerequisite.

Contact: Christopher D. Sams, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Coordinator of English Education

Stephen F. Austin State University