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Majors in the Department of English and World Languages share a love of language; they read while waiting for a scheduled appointment and write in a journal or commonplace book; they enjoy word games and puzzles and notice unusual uses of words or phrases and incorrect applications of grammar rules.  They wish to visit places, observe characters, and absorb the language created in all kinds of texts.  The Department of English and World Languages welcomes those who seek diversity, who understand the limits of their own worldviews and who seek ways to understand others.  Language is a foundational human bond.  We come to language and literature and linguistics and writing to wonder, to understand, to inspire, and to work.  You are welcome here.

Our department’s mission is educate citizens to use language effectively and to appreciate the history, diversity, and complexity of their culture.  The department seeks to improve students' abilities to read and write, to listen attentively and to communicate, to think analytically and creatively, to appreciate the aesthetics of literature, and to value diverse cultures.  Department faculty teach purposefully, leading investigations of writing, language, literature, and culture, work informed by research and scholarly activity, service to the University, and broad-based community involvement.

For information, contact Jeff Buchanan, Department Chair:

Academic Programs

The Department of English and World Languages offers:

  • Bachelor of arts (BA) degrees in:  Italian, Spanish, English, and Professional and Technical Writing
  • In collaboration with the Department of Teacher Education and Leadership Studies, Bachelor of science (BS) degrees in:  Italian Education, Spanish Education, and Integrated Language Arts.
  • Academic Minors in:  French, Italian, Spanish, English Studies, British and American Literature, Professional and Technical Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Writing.
  • Masters of Arts (MA) degrees in:  English and English with a Professional and Technical Writing focus.
  • A Master of Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing.
  • Graduate certificates in:  Literature for Children and Young Adults, the Teaching of Writing, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and Professional and Technical Writing.
  • Coursework in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, German, Latin, Ancient Greek, and Film Studies.

Academic Activities

Students interested in French, Italian, or Spanish, including non-majors and non-minors, are invited to participate in the French, Italian, or Spanish Club.  Club activities include regular meetings, conversation hours, organized dinners, and attendance at various events such as Opera Western Reserve and the Cleveland International Film Festival.

The Department strongly encourages all students to study abroad.


Jeffrey M. Buchanan, Ph.D., Acting Chair


Corey E. Andrews, Ph.D., Professor

Diana Awad-Scrocco, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Kevin E. Ball, Ph.D., Professor

Rebecca A. Barnhouse, Ph.D., Professor

Christopher Barzak, M.F.A., Professor

Laura L. Beadling, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Jennifer Behney, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Terry Benton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Philip Sean Brady, Ph.D., Professor

Suzanne Diamond, Ph.D., Professor

Alyssa M. Falcone, Ph.D., Distinguished Visiting Professor

Timothy Francisco, Ph.D., Professor

Jay L. Gordon, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Stacy Graber, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Lucas D. Hardy, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Alena Kirova, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Ndinzi Masagara, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Diana Q. Palardy, Ph.D., Professor

Nicole Pettitt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Steven Reese, Ph.D., Professor

John E. Sarkissian, Ph.D., Professor

Dolores V. Sisco, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Linda J. Strom, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Stephanie A. Tingley, Ph.D., Professor

Gina Villamizar, Ph.D., Associate Professor


Russell Brickey, Ph.D., Lecturer

Ronald Fields, M.A., Lecturer

Robyn Gaier, M.A., Lecturer

Jacklynn Mercer, M.A., Lecturer

Cynthia Vigliotti, M.A., Senior Lecturer