Department of English

Middle Georgia State University’s Department of English engages students in exciting coursework with dynamic and highly qualified faculty members, most publishing regularly and all committed to teaching and learning. Three of our faculty have recently received the institution’s Excellence in Teaching Award. In working closely with English faculty, undergraduate students develop strong critical thinking, writing, research, and communication skills as they explore great works of literature. Through discussion and writing, undergraduate and graduate students alike develop their ability to think critically, communicate persuasively, and support ideas with quality research—all skills in high demand in today’s marketplace.

English students also enjoy transformative learning opportunities beyond the classroom. Undergraduate English majors have access to off-campus and on-campus internships, earning academic credit by working with publishers, at local law offices, and in campus Writing Centers. English graduate students have access to paid assistantships for campus-related work experience as well.  

Additionally, our students embrace active learning through student organizations such as the award-winning English Studies Organization, Alpha Rho Sigma (our chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English Honors Society), and the Canterbury Club. The Department sponsors or supports a wealth of campus events for both faculty and students, including the annual Undergraduate Conference, an International Festival, Knight Fest, a biannual Writing Marathon, an annual Arts Festival, and a generous slate of readings, lectures, workshops, and colloquia each semester.

Recent graduates of our programs are enjoying success in rewarding career pursuits: they are teaching abroad and in area high schools, practicing law, achieving Master’s and Doctoral degrees, advancing in business careers, and working as editors, project managers, technical writers, and grant writers. Current graduates are poised for positions in cutting edge technology fields that require strong liberal arts skills: technical communication, instructional design, social media management, corporate blogging, and digital copywriting, among many others.

The English Department is the proud home to two outstanding journals: The Fall Line Review, showcasing the best in poetry, fiction, and art by Middle Georgia State students, and the peer-reviewed scholarly Culture in Focus, an International EJournal of Educational, Literary and Cultural Studies .

We invite you to visit our department, talk with our faculty, and meet our majors. You’ll see why our graduates, possessing unique and timeless skills, have the world at their fingertips!

Dr. Chip Rogers
Chair (Macon)

Dr. Chris Cairney 
Assistant Chair of English (Cochran)

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