Current Student Course Schedule, Conferences, and Resources

FALL 2016 English Department Courses

Some courses are offered every semester, every spring or fall, or only occasionally. To be sure the course you are interested in is being offered in the semester you are looking for, check the course catalogue or ask the department chair, Dr. Matt Skillen.

Click here for FALL 2016 course schedule and full descriptions.

Literature Courses

EN 220 British Literature: Medieval- Romance & War 
Instructor: Professor Louis Martin 
(English major; WCH; GWR)  
MF 11:00 

EN 230  British Literature- Modern: Literature and World Wars  
Instructor: Professor Kimberly Adams
(English major, WCH, GWR) 
TH 9:30 & 12:30 

EN 240 American Literature- Modern: The World Turned Upside Down
Instructor: Professor John Rohrkemper
(English major, WCH, GWR) 
TH 11:00 & 2:00

EN 240 American Literature: Revolution to Civil War 
Instructor: Professor Carmine Sarracino
(English major; WCH; GWR) 
TH 9:30 & 11:00

EN 315 Studies in Poetry: Metaphysical Poetry 
Instructor: Professor Louis Martin
(English major) 
MF 2:00 

EN 430 British Authors: Gothic: The Brontes
Instructor: Professor Kimberly Adams
(English major) 
TH 2:00

HEN 253 Gaelic and Anglo-Irish Ireland
Instructor: Professor Mark Harman
Honors Program Students Only
(WCH core, Honors Interdisciplinary) 
MW 9:30 

Professional Writing Courses

EN 185: Introduction to Professional Writing
Instructor: Professor David Downing 
(English major)
MW 12:30

EN 280 Creative Writing- Poetry 
Instructor: Professor Carmine Sarracino
(English major) Register by Instructor 
MW 9:30

EN 281: Writing and Analyzing the Short Story 
Instructor: Professor Jesse Waters; Ehrhardt; Fellinger; STAFF 
(English major; Core, Creative Expression; GWR) 
MF 9:30; MW 9:30; TH 9:30, 12:30 

EN 282 Technical Writing
Instructor: Staff 
(English major,) Register by Instructor 
TH 12:30

EN 283 Legal Writing
Instructor: Professor Matthew Telleen 
(English major) Register by Instructor
T 5:30-8:45

EN 286 Creative Non-Fiction
Instructor: Professor Mark Harman 
(English major; Creative Writing minor,) Register by Instructor
MW 2:00

EN 493 Seminar in Rhetorical Theory
Instructor: Professor Jesse Waters 
(English major, SLE: Developmental Portfolio)
MF 11:00

English Education Courses

EN 302 The English Language  
Instructor: Professor Louis Martin 
(English major, English Education concentration) 
MF 9:30

EN 306 Methods Seminar in Teaching Language and Composition
Instructor: Professor Matthew Skillen 
(English Major, Education Concentration)
TH 12:30

Latin Courses

LAT 111:  Elementary Latin 
Instructor:  Professor Jennifer Besse 
(Core, Power of Language)
MWF 9:30 & 2:00


The conferences listed below are ones that E-town students have attended in the past. These are chances to meet and discuss original student research with other English majors locally in Pennsylvania, nationally, and, in some cases, internationally.

Scholarship and Creative Arts Day
Elizabethtown College
Typical deadline: late March
Conference: A Tuesday late in April
Contact: Scholarship and Creative Arts Day

Susquehanna University
Typical deadline for submissions: November
Conference: February
Length: 15 minute presentations
or email 

National Undergraduate Literature Conference 
Typical deadline for submissions: January
Conference: April
Length: 8-15 pages

University of St. Francis Undergraduate Conference on English Language and Literature
Typical deadline for submissions: December 15
Conference: March
Length: 8-12 pages
Contact: 815-740-3852 

Pennsylvania College English  Association Conference
Typical deadline for submissions: February 1
Conference: April; State College PA


Valley Humanities Review
Lebanon Valley College
Submissions: Fall semester
Publication: End of spring semester
Length: 2500-6000 words (Chicago manual style of citation, if needed)

Links of Interest

  • American Rhetoric: Devoted to classic American rhetorical treatises. A good source for speeches.
  • American Universities: A very complete listing of links to catalogues of American colleges and universities. Would be a valuable tool for any student considering graduate school.
  • Brevity: Online journal of short concise literary non-fiction and memoir
  • Creative Non-Fiction: A magazine devoted entirely to the new literary form.
  • The High Library: A subject and resource course guide specifically for English classes.
  • John Lye's Course and Source Page: Includes links to important essays and articles on Literary Theory and topics related to English Studies.
  • Making of America: Contains over 3.5 million searchable pages of nineteenth-century books and magazines.
  • New York Times: Online edition of one of the nation's prominent newspapers.
  • OWL: The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University. Includes links and information on writing, grammar, research, and documenting sources.
  • Poets.Org: Website with biographies and samples of classic and contemporary American Poetry.
  • The Public Broadcasting System: An excellent web site for video, transcripts, and supplementary material for their programs. A few of the many series of interest to English students: The American Experience, American Masters, Frontline, and P.O.V.
  • Representative Poetry Online: An award-winning, reliably produced collection of hundreds of poems, many with editor's notes.
  • Schlesinger Library: Website for the Schlesinger Library at Harvard, specializing in American women. Documents and images online.
  • Silva Rhetorica: A guide to the terms of classical and renaissance rhetoric.
  • The Romantics: An interesting, popular, introductory website from the BBC ( British Broadcasting Corporation) that presents information about key historical events of the Romantic period, and texts written by the most well-known British authors of the time.
  • Voice of the Shuttle: Website devoted to research in the Humanities.
  • Walt Whitman Quarterly Review: The leading journal of Whitman studies, and includes contents of current and past issues as well as a comprehensive bibliography.
  • Writer's Alamanac: Host Garrison Keillor reads a new poem every day, some classics, but most from recently published collections.