The field of study curriculum in English transfers as a block leading to an English minor, Bachelor of Arts in General Studies, or a Bachelor of Arts in English.
The flexible structure of this field of study provides students an opportunity to explore their own interest in either Literature or Creative Writing, while also providing a firm foundation towards the completion of a minor or major in English.
The course load allows students to complete their minor or major at a four year institution and have the required number of courses within a teaching discipline (which according to TEA regulations must Include 24 credit hours in their teaching discipline to qualify for a teaching position).
Students can find employment as technical writers, editor, or teachers, and their communication and analytical skills will make them marketable in today's competitive job market.
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Dr. Liana Andreasen
Liana Andreasen grew up in Romania and came to the US for more "learnin'." Her steps took her to Maryland for an MA and New York State for a PhD. Since "way leads on to way" as Frost says, she journeyed on and reached South Texas. Mainly interested in modernist fiction and poststructuralist theory, she published articles in journals such as The CEA Critic and Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and a few short stories. She co-manages STC's Interstice
Robin Peder Andreasen attended Binghamton University: BA in English Literature and History with honors, MA and PhD on assistantship and scholarship in English (in progress, ABD). A New Yorker by birth, a Long Islander in asbsentia, he has a general interest in modern fiction, philosophy, and film; his areas of focus include medieval literature, Shakespeare, British/American Romanticism, Modernism, Postmodernism, and literary theory. In addition to more mundane pursuits, such as consultant work on the GRE and AP Literature exams for the College Board, he carves out a little time for creative endeavors, most recently poetry and scholarly work on Cormac McCarthy.
Evaristo Bocanegra, a lifelong resident of the Rio Grande Valley, earned his B.A. in English from Pan American University in 1992, and his M. A. in 2004. He has taught English at the secondary level for over seventeen years and joined South Texas College as an adjunct instructor in 2004. He began as a fulltime English instructor in 2010.
Colleen Brooks Edgar received her BA in English and history and MA in Composition and Rhetoric from Texas A&M University. She began work at South Texas College in 2006.
Dr. Carolyn Burks
Dr. Burks holds a Ed. D in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston and a M.A. in English from the University of Texas-Brownsville. She has special interest in Russian literature and metaphorical language in student compositions. She is the faculty co-advisor for the Literary Arts Society.
Dr. Dana Cantu
Dr. Dana Cantu began teaching for STC in 1998. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from Western Illinois University, and a Specialist Degree in Community College Teaching and an Ed.D. from Arkansas State University. He is also the Advisor for Club Carpe Diem on campus, and is a certified kiteboarding instructor and paraglider pilot.
Melvin Clark von Heller began teaching at STC in 1998, holds a Masters in Educational Adm (ABD) and Religion. He has keynoted at conferences and has published four books. He served as TX A&M ESL Literacy Grant Coordinator and later as a consultant for Texas Education Agency.
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Richard Coronado is a Valley native whose literary interests include Romantic and Victorian poetry, the modern novel, and literary philosophy. His approach to teaching is based on the idea that everything is a narrative and that all students have an important story to tell.
Ms. Etherington received her Master’s in English from The University of Texas Pan-American. After graduation, she worked for The Universitaire de Michel Montaigne in Bordeaux, France. Her areas of interest are in both British Romanticism and American Modernism. Ms. Etherington started with STC in 2008.
Thomas Fuschetto is the founding faculty member of the English department. He has earned the following degrees: University of Texas – Pan American: MA in Theatre; Texas State University: MA in English literature; Texas Education Agency: Teacher Certificate, Provisional All-Level, 1990-life; Rutgers University: BA in English literature; Rutgers University: Certificate in gerontology.
Maricela Garcia earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish at The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in English at The University of Texas Pan American. An educator for over 20 years, Maricela enjoys helping students reach their potential.
Instructor, Department Chair
Joseph D. Haske is a writer, critic and scholar, whose debut novel, North Dixie Highway, was released in October 2013. His fiction appears in journals such as Boulevard, Fiction International, the Texas Review, the Four-Way Review, Pleiades, and in the Chicago Tribune's literary supplement, Printers Row. His poetry and fiction are also featured in various anthologies as well as in French, Romanian and Canadian publications. Haske edits various literary venues, including Sleipnir and American Book Review.
Carissa Hayden graduated from Eastern Illinois University with an MA in English and a concentration in creative writing, and has been teaching at South Texas College since 2009. Her interests include creative nonfiction and poetry, though she dabbles in fiction
Jones earned a B.A. degree in Classics and a Master of Divinity degree, in addition to his M.A. degree in English. He worked in the Valley as a community organizer and human rights advocate for 20 years before teaching as an adjunct instructor at U.T.-Brownsville. He became a full-time instructor at STC in 2006.
Rene Martinez received his BA, MA, and MFA from the University of Texas-Pan American. He has taught English and creative writing at STC since 2003.
Dr. Eva Masilamony
Eva Masilamony came to the Valley in 2002 from the University of Guam. She has a PhD in English Literature. One of the highlights of her career has been her presentation on Nobel Prize winning author Doris Lessing in England. She is the faculty advisor for the Literary Arts Society.
Steve Morrison received his BA and MFA in fiction writing from the University of Arizona, and is working on his Ph.D. in rhetoric and technical communication at Texas Tech University, with a focus on narrative schemata in polical community formation. Prior to coming to the valley he lived in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Indiana.
Moyle graduated from Kent State University, where he was a Graduate Assistant and a Teaching Fellow, in the 1990s and has been teaching at STC since 1999.
Elizabeth Muñoz received her MA in English from the University of Texas-Pan American in 2007, and has been teaching at South Texas College since 2008. Her interests include Romantic and Mexican-American literature and composition pedagogy.
Juan Ochoa holds a degree in Judicial Science from Mexico and a B.A, M.A., and M.F.A. in English from UTPA. Ochoa has been published in English and Spanish. Ochoa’s first novel, Mariguano, was released in late 2013. His short stories, essays, and other works appear in the Southwestern US and abroad.
Before coming to STC in 2007, Lanesa Poulton taught Kindergarten through College classes, and had been an editor, a librarian, and an administrator. She graduated cum laude from Emporia State University with a B.A. in English (2000), an M.A. in English (2005), and an M.L.S. in Library Science & Information Management (2007).
Instructor, Asst. Department Chair
Jessica Schnee earned her B.A. from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and her M.A. from the University of Chicago. She has taught at STC since 1999 and currently serves as one of the assistant chairs of the department.
Marisa Taylor is a native of McAllen, Texas. She has an MFA in Fiction from The University of Montana and a B.A. in English from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. After brief residencies in Finland and Alaska, she returned to South Texas, where she is happiest. She currently teaches English at South Texas College.
An English degree can open doors to jobs that rely on organization, creativity, research, writing and communicating ideas. If you want to make a career out of your love of writing and reading literature, you should consider pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in English. Sound interesting? Here is some information that can help you make the right decision.
- Ability to organize thoughts, ideas and materials
- Ability to analyze texts and interpret their meaning
- Ability to argue positions effectively
- Ability to analyze the written word
- Ability to write in an articulate manner
- Ability to research and explain the results
- Working knowledge of grammar and vocabulary
- Ability to be a creative thinker
- Ability to critically observe the world around them
- Ability to effectively communicate by listening to and questioning data
English majors usually take composition classes that involve learning how to write different types of essays. English majors also take literature classes, where they study short stories, poetry, drama and novels written by American, British, Latino/a, African-American, Russian, European, Asian and other authors. They may also study creative writing to learn how to write short stories, novels, poetry and plays.
English majors with a special interest in another subject, such as business, engineering, journalism, math, or science, can pursue a double major that includes English and their specialty field. Another possibility includes minoring in an area of interest in order to improve their chances of finding a job after graduation.
Graduates with an English degree have a reputation for being able to think critically. They are known for their ability to organize ideas and information. They have the skills to explain and write down ideas in an easy-to-understand way. They have a strong vocabulary and a good knowledge of grammar, which help them to speak and write clearly and concisely. They know how to make good observations and analyze data, which makes it easier to reach conclusions and express ideas.
- English degree graduates have a wide range of job opportunities awaiting them
- English degree graduates can enjoy creative work
- English degree graduates can research ideas and information
- English degree graduates are in demand for jobs that involve communicating ideas and information
A creative writer writes stories, poems, novels and creative nonfiction essays. A creative writer uses skills in grammar, organization, critical thinking and research to learn about and develop interesting ideas into finished works. A creative writer often writes for literary journals, creative writing magazines and anthologies to get his or her writing published. A creative writer does not earn a lot of money for work published early in the career. If a creative writer is fortunate enough to write a powerful, popular novel, the writer may earn a lot of money from the sale of the manuscript to a publisher plus royalties for every book sold. The creative novel writer’s popularity is based on the sales of books.
Average earnings per week: $1,000 (salaried).
A journalist is a writer who uses skills in interviewing, critical thinking, research, organization and grammar to write news and special-interest articles for magazines, newspapers and Internet websites. A journalist may work in a single location, writing articles about a community, city, organization or event. Some organizations assign journalists to work in lots of locations, reporting on newsworthy events or people.
Average earnings per week: $670 (salaried).
TV-Movie Script Writer
A scriptwriter is a specialized type of creative writer that writes scripts that serve as the basis of stories for television shows, video games, educational films and entertainment movies. Scriptwriters use observation, critical thinking, research and organizational skills to develop plots and characters for scripts. They may earn lots of money for a short time working on a popular show or developing the script for a movie. They may have to move from show to show in order to maintain a steady income.
Average earnings per week: $1,000 (salaried).
A technical writer is a writer who creates text for instructional manuals, training films, computer books, medical technology manuals and other types of specialized publications used in specific industries. A technical writer needs a background in the subject matter he or she is writing about. A technical writer also needs to understand how to explain data and information to others. A technical writer relies on skills in research, organization, critical thinking, grammar and communication to create the manuscripts that are used in technical manuals.
Average earnings per week: $1,200 (salaried).
A teacher provides instruction about concepts of reading, writing, grammar, punctuation, spelling and critical thinking to students enrolled in English composition, literature and drama classes. A graduate with a bachelor ’s degree in English must complete an additional education degree and obtain certification to become a teacher in public elementary and secondary school systems. An English graduate needs a master’s or doctorate degree in order to teach at the community college or four-year college/university level. Average earnings/week in 2008: $960/$980 (salaried elementary/secondary teachers);
Average earnings per week: $1,084 (salaried college English teachers).
An English degree is considered a great undergraduate degree for the student who wants to become an attorney. An attorney, also called a lawyer, needs critical thinking, research, communication and writing skills in order to express ideas in court documents and in the courtroom. The English degree graduate who continues on to law school has an advantage over the student who has studied business or science because he or she possesses the strong thinking and organizational skills needed to build and argue cases before a judge.
Average earnings per week: $2,127.
An advertising copywriter produces text for advertising and promotional materials in print and on the Internet. An advertising copywriter uses critical thinking, research and writing skills, as well as an understanding of rhetoric, to create short pieces of text that persuade consumers to respond to advertisement suggestions. This is a creative and fun job that can include work at advertising agencies, promotional and marketing companies, and for organizations and businesses that promote programs and information.
Average earnings per week: $747 (salaried, non-managerial).
An editor reviews the writing of others in order to correct errors and make sure that the writing is easily understood. The texts that an editor reviews may be used in a magazine, book, script or website or in promotional materials. The English degree graduate who pursues an editing job must have strong skills in grammar, punctuation and spelling, and must understand how to organize and present information clearly.
Average earnings per week: $1,000 (salaried).
Public Relations Specialist
A public relations specialist uses organizational, critical thinking and writing skills to promote programs and share information with the media and the public. In addition to needing writing skills, a public relations specialist should have great interpersonal skills in order to work successfully with journalists and members of the public. An English degree graduate can find work as a public relation specialist at companies, not-for-profit organizations and school districts that want to make the community aware of their activities.
Average earnings per week: $747 (salaried, non-managerial).
A marketing/sales manager uses interpersonal skills as well as organizational, critical thinking and writing skills to persuade customers to buy products and services. A marketing/sales manager might write advertising copy, design promotional programs and materials, manage focus group activities or speak directly to consumers about the products and/or services of the company where the specialist works. An English degree graduate with an interest in business can find a marketing/sales management job at a small business, corporation or not-for-profit organization.
Average earnings per week: $2,088 (salaried, managerial).
Skills list provided by Hubpages.com (http://hubpages.com/hub/Ten-Things-to-do-with-an-English-Degree)
Salary information provided by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website (http://www.bls.gov/. All salaries in 2008 dollars.)
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