May 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

English / Humanities

The faculty of the Department of English and Humanities develop students who think and read critically, who write and speak clearly, and who understand the contributions humanities courses can make to their knowledge and quality of life. The faculty believe that the skills of reading, writing, speaking, and thinking are the foundations upon which a successful college career is built. Therefore, all disciplines within the department accept as part of their charge the development of writing and speaking skills. In addition, the faculty are committed to providing opportunities for the integration of the disciplines and the fostering of international and multicultural perspectives.

The Department offers excellent opportunities for students to study introductory and advanced courses in linguistics, foreign language, literature, philosophy, writing, communication, cultural studies, and women’s studies.

For more information, please contact:

Ann Linden, M.A., Chairperson

Kassandra Bryant, Administrative Assistant

Department of English and Humanities
Shawnee State University
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662-4344

Phone: 740.351.3300
Fax: 740.351.3584

Composition/Foreign Language Labs

The Department of English and Humanities maintains four classrooms/computer labs for the teaching of composition and foreign language. They support faculty’s efforts to use modern technology in their teaching.

The Writing Center

The Department oversees the operations of the SSU Writing Center, which provides free peer tutoring. A student who is working on a paper for any SSU class is welcome to drop by the WC. While most of the students who seek peer tutoring are enrolled in composition classes or developmental English classes, tutors also work with students in upper-division classes across the curriculum, including Senior Seminar. For current hours, policies, and additional information about the services provided by the WC, visit or call 351.3488.

Bachelor Degrees

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English/Humanities offers you the opportunity to pursue a degree with or without teaching licensure.

The Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree prepares skillful communicators for entry into the job market and/or graduate study.  By providing a core of classes in journalism, strategic communication, presentation skills, interpersonal communication, and organizational communication, students will be introduced to key concepts and skills associated with both mass communication and applied communication.  They may then choose communication electives that allow them to expand their study of particular areas.  General elective hours also allow students to pursue related minors.

The English/Humanities degree (Generalist) provides an excellent background for several career paths, including advertising, government employment, law, and publishing. The degree requires 120 hours, including 34 hours of electives. This distribution of required and elective courses allows you to pursue approved minors or to take a grouping of courses in such fields as science or business, which adds to your employment possibilities. The department strongly recommends that if you plan to attend graduate school, you should take courses in foreign language as well as additional courses in English, linguistics, and philosophy.

The English/Humanities degree (Culture and Media Studies concentration), like the English/Humanities generalist degree, prepares you for a variety of careers, ranging from teaching to government to law. It is an excellent option for students wishing to pursue masters or doctoral studies in the field of English and/or cultural studies. The degree requires 120 hours, including 21 in the cultural and media core and 6 hours of electives that can be taken in areas such as history, sociology, music, art, and philosophy.

The Bachelor of Arts in English/Humanities, Integrated Language Arts with Adolescent to Young Adult Licensure (grades 7-12) combines education and English/Humanities classes to prepare teachers for grades 7 through 12. At a time when a national teaching shortage has become apparent, this degree offers good opportunities for employment.

With all degrees in English and Humanities, classes are relatively small and students receive much individual attention from well-qualified and dedicated teachers.

As with any degree at the University, the Department of English and Humanities very much encourages students to work closely with their faculty advisor. The department’s administrative assistant (740.351.3300) can easily provide the names of advisors for individual students.



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