English & Foreign Languages Department
Christopher Adamo, Department Chair, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Carol M. Barnett, Instructor in English
Robert Battistini, Assistant Professor of English
Sharon Decker, Associate Professor of English
Angela Elliott, Professor of English
Klara Lutsky, Assistant Professor of English
Michele Polak, Assistant Professor of English and Director of Composition,
Richard Severe, Assistant Professor of English andDirector of the Writing Collaboratory
Arlene Young, Assistant Professor of English
About the Department
The English and Foreign Languages Department offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program in English. The Department also provides many of the courses which comprise the College's core requirements – e.g. composition and rhetoric, literature, foreign languages, and liberal arts studies.
The Department's Bachelor of Arts program in English combines the best elements of the traditional English major (the sophomore- level surveys of American and British literature and the upper-level courses in major literary periods and writers) with nontraditional features including career-oriented writing courses and offerings in cross-cultural, multi-ethnic literature, and women writers. Centenary's unique program prepares students for careers in teaching, marketing, corporate communications, free-lance writing, law, and publishing, among other fields. The English program sponsors the Writing Center (open to all students), the English Club, the English honorary society (Sigma Tau Delta), and PRISM, the undergraduate literary magazine.
The Writing Collaboratory : Opened in the Spring of 2012 and directed by Dr. Richard Sévère, the Writing Collabortory offers peer-to-peer tutoring to students of all majors seeking assistance with their writing skills. The Writing Collabortory also offers advanced students of all majors skilled in writing the opportunity to gain valuable experience working one on one with students on writing.
Option in Career Writing
Any student wishing to emphasize development of writing skills is advised to take, as free electives, at least four *4) writing courses beyond ENG 1001. The student may choose from the following courses: ENG 2001; ENG 3015; ENG 3016, ENG 3020; ENG 3021; COM 2003; COM 2011; COM 3018; COM 3019; COM 3013
The English and Foreign Languages Department also supervises English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction, foreign language instruction (French, Spanish, and Japanese), the Liberal Arts Studies (LAS 3001, 3002, and 3003) courses, philosophy, and religion.
Bachelor Degrees Available
All majors must complete 48 credits in English above ENG1001. Successful completion of ENG 1001, or its equivalent, is the prerequisite for all of the English courses listed below, with the exception of ENG2014, 2017, and 2018, which require ENG1005 as a prerequisite.
Other Programs and Interests
There are a variety of other opportunities available.
Certificate in English:
This program is designed for international students who wish to improve English language proficiency. Students must pass a minimum of 30 credit hours of work in order to qualify for the certificate.
Summer Culture and Language Program:
This program is designed for non-native speakers of English preparing to attend American colleges and universities. Two levels of instruction are available in this six-week program (early July through mid-August); classes meet five days a week (a total of 120 hours) with an emphasis on English proficiency skills and a full range of co-curricular activities.