English Courses

Bloomsburg University’s English Department offers a wide array of more than 30 courses that teach students to think critically, read analytically, and communicate effectively. Students interested in literature can choose between American, Non-Western, European, and British texts; while student writers express themselves in the form of Fiction, Nonfiction, Scriptwriting, and Poetry. BU also offers courses in linguistics that allow students to study the history and structure of language.

Eligible English majors are encouraged to apply for a number of university scholarships for the coming academic year. In addition, once a year an announcement is made for entries for writing awards.

English Scholarships

  • Helen and Ervene Gulley Memorial Scholarship
  • Margaret Bittner Parke Scholarship
  • Catherine Oplinger and Clark R. Renninger Memorial Scholarship
  • Cecil Seronsy Scholarship
  • Louis F. Thompson Scholarship

Writing Awards

  • Peters Award for Creative Non-Fiction
  • Fuller Fiction Award
  • Baillie Award for the Critical Essay
  • The Savage Poetry Award

Electronic Portfolio for English Majors

We ask that majors in all four of our concentrations – Literature, Secondary Education, Creative Writing, and Professional Writing and Digital Rhetoric – begin an ePortfolio early in their course of study, update it at least yearly, and complete and refine it in the senior year. For the Literature, Creative Writing, and Professional Writing majors, the ePortfolio is a graduation requirement; for the secondary education concentration, the ePortfolio will be a part of some required courses and will be a graduation requirement for those who graduate in Fall 2020 and later.

The ePortfolio is intended

  • to bring additional coherence and continuity to our students’ experience of their course of study; we want to encourage majors to understand their own development as readers and writers; by including artifacts produced outside the English Department as well as inside it, we ask them to consider how their major field of study interacts with their learning in other areas.
  • to encourage our students to begin thinking early and often about career options and further education, and to assist them in preparing for these goals; the finished ePortfolio should be a diverse repository of their best college achievements, drawn both from coursework and from extra- and co-curricular activities; for career preparation and applying for positions, the ePortfolio will demonstrate what the students have done and can do.
  • to extend and enrich the environment for advisement; academic advisors will help the students update and diversify their portfolios, and can suggest helpful additions.
  • and to provide the Department an opportunity to see how well we are meeting our objectives.

Please visit the links below to see detailed ePortfolio Guidelines for your concentration:

Creative Writing
Professional Writing and Digital Rhetoric
Secondary Education English (for those graduating Fall 2020 and later)