We read the world
With 55 full-time faculty, more than 500 undergraduate majors, and almost 300 graduate students, English is one of the largest and most vibrant departments at Georgia State University. We are proud of the breadth and excellence of our programs, which range from the two-semester Freshman Composition sequence to Ph.D. programs in literary studies, creative writing, and rhetoric and composition.
In addition to these traditional specializations, the Department offers course work in linguistics, literary theory, cultural studies, folklore, professional and technical writing (including electronic editing and publishing), and secondary teacher preparation. Faculty also participate regularly in courses offered by the Honors Program, the Department of African American Studies, and the Institute for Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
We emphasize teaching, research, and service to students and the community. All faculty teach lower-division as well as advanced courses, and in recent years a large number of English Department faculty members have won teaching awards from the Honors Program, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the University. Faculty research and creative writing have been recognized by major awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Commission and the Guggenheim Foundation. Both undergraduate and graduate students have opportunities to participate in international exchange programs, faculty research, service learning and internships, and to gain editorial experience through one of the many publications the Department sponsors: our award-winning literary journal Five Points, The South Atlantic Review, Studies in the Literary Imagination, The GSU Review, and The Eudora Welty Review. Our location in the heart of downtown Atlanta and our diverse student population allow us to take advantage of both the historical and cultural richness of the region and the resources of its fastest-growing and most international urban center.