English & Foreign Languages Department
Sharon Decker, Department Chair and Assistant Professor of English
Christopher Adamo, Associate Professor of Philosophy Carol M. Barnett, Instructor of English
Robert Battistini, Assistant Professor of English
Natasha Kohl, Visiting Instructor of English
Klara Lutsky, Assistant Professor of English
Lisa Mastrangelo, Associate Professor of English
Michele Polak, Assistant Professor of English and Director of Composition,
Richard Sévère, Assistant Professor of English andDirector of the Writing Collaboratory
Arlene Shorter 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.
The English and Foreign Languages Department also supervises foreign language instruction (Spanish, Japanese, and American Sign Language), 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 co-requisite.
Other Programs and Interests
The English faculty will grant two or four academic credits to English majors who serve an internship in an English-related career field, such as public relations, corporate communications, or publishing.