About the Department
The undergraduate programs and courses in English Language and Literature at The University of Tulsa are at the heart of the university's humanities-based Tulsa Curriculum. English courses included in the block requirements of the General Curriculum range from classical and modern literature to special topics such as the cultural significance of gender, or the Vietnam War. First Seminars in English recently have included courses on black women novelists, Romeo and Juliet in literature and the other arts, and the cultural politics of South Africa and of Ireland. The Comprehensive Writing Program is staffed by English faculty and graduate students. The English department also participates in interdisciplinary programs, such as the Women's Studies Program and the Creative Writing Program.
In addition to the Bachelor of Arts degree, the Faculty of English offers an M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, and the resources of the graduate program directly benefit the undergraduate English major. Two distinguished academic journals, The James Joyce Quarterly and Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, are edited and published under the auspices of the department, and the innovative web-based Modernist Journals Project, a collaboration between Brown University and The University of Tulsa, is directed from the department. Undergraduate internships are available at the MJP and both journals, and at the international literary journal Nimrod, which is housed with the department.
The strong general collection of literary holdings in McFarlin Library and extensive Special Collections in English, Irish, and American literature enrich undergraduate studies in English.
The inherent value of English as a pre-professional major strongly reasserted itself in the 1980s. In addition to placement in distinguished postgraduate English programs and traditional positions in teaching or editing and publishing, recent Tulsa English graduates are pursuing advanced studies in law, medicine, and business. They also are engaged in a variety of careers in public service as well as private industry and enterprise where understanding gained through the study of literature and the ability to communicate effectively in writing and speech are valued as important professional assets.