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Define Yourself in Languages, Literature and Philosophy


Welcome to the Department of Languages, Literature and Philosophy!

The Department offers courses in English, Foreign Languages, Philosophy and Religious Studies.  We offer a B.A. degree in English and minors in English, Writing, Foreign Languages and Philosophy. 

The Department is the largest academic unit on campus with approximately fifty faculty members—including twenty-five tenured/tenure-track faculty members.  Department members represent a variety of specializations such as Creative Writing, Rhetoric and Composition, Culture Studies, Ethics, Digital Media and Popular Culture.  Most students at the University will take Freshman Composition I (ENGL 1010), Freshman Composition II (ENGL 1020) and Sophomore Literature as part of the General Education curriculum.  The majority of faculty members staffing these courses are full-time faculty.

Students who major in English go on to study law, pursue graduate studies in a variety of disciplines or work in business or industry.  The department also offers a B.A. in English with Teacher Certification in English Language Arts, Grades 7-12.  The B.A. in English program—as well as the General Education courses—focuses on three skills necessary for any career or advanced degree: 1) reading; 2) writing; and, 3) research.  

The B.A. also allows students to develop a fourth skill, perhaps as important as these three: creativity.

The B.A. in English program has developed the internship program which allows students to earn up to nine credit hours in a work-place setting.  TSU English majors have interned with community partners such as the Tennessee Legislature, Guitar Player magazine, TEDxNashville, the Tennessee State Democratic Party and the Middle Tennessee YMCA.

Please feel free to visit our office in Humanities 104!