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Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of English at Texas Southern University.

Toni Morrison believed: “A writer’s life and work are not a gift to mankind; they are its necessity.”

In the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Texas Southern University, you will find professors and students who not only echo Morrison’s words; they live by them.

Our English majors, Spanish and French minors, graduate students, and faculty comprise a success-oriented academic community. The shining light of the department is a faculty that is committed to teaching, scholarship, and university service. Our faculty enjoys sharing their knowledge and intellectual passion with students.

With the help of our esteemed English faculty, students will gain an understanding of African American Literature, American and British Literature, Science Fiction and Horror, Literary Theory, and Creative and Technical Writing. Because we have such a rich catalog of courses, our graduates go on to become teachers, lawyers, editors, published writers, and so much more!

We are pleased you are considering joining our community of scholars! You will find inspiration in this department as well as a place to anchor yourself before you set sail on your future professional adventures!

Welcome to the LIT department!

With warm regards,

Iris Lancaster 
Ph.D., Interim Chair

Mission

The mission of the Department of English is to teach literature and language arts at the core curriculum level for all undergraduates and at the baccalaureate level for majors and minors. Through its extensive list of courses and programs, the Department of English aims to equip students to succeed in academic endeavors in college as well as in graduate and professional schools and to prepare them to assume successful and responsible roles in society.