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The English Department equips students with the ability to read and think critically and creatively, and to express themselves in lucid speech, writing, and design. We offer a variety of majors and minors to encourage nuanced, interdisciplinary interests and prepare students for meaningful and successful careers after McDaniel.

Robert Kachur

Department Chair Robert Kachur

"I love teaching, and for over two decades I've had the amazing opportunity to teach a wide variety of courses related to my research interests: horror fiction (British and American, with particular interest in the stories of Edgar Allan Poe), British Romantic poetry (with particular interest in Wordsworth, Coleridge and Blake), the early British novel, Apocalyptic texts, and Postmodern fiction, film and pop culture. My newest venture has been creating a course in Humor Writing; the student writing produced during the first run of that course in 2019 was hilarious. I'm currently looking into the possibility of creating an interdisciplinary program for students interested in writing, performing and filming comedy."

Headshot of professor Alexander Champoux-Crowley.

Alexander Champoux-Crowley, Ph.D. Faculty Spotlight

"I work with writers across the curriculum, not just in the English major, to do meaningful, thoughtful, critical communication and to analyze the world around them. I hope that from the first day, they learn that they are an active and empowered participant in the production of knowledge. That they can discover new things, make new arguments, and push the bounds. Critical thinking is not something I give them; it’s something that they’re already doing — I just help them articulate it."

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