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"Stories are the way we know each other, the way we know ourselves, the way we know the world."
              ~ Andrea Barrett        

Manuscript ImageCritical thinking, writing, critical reading - these are the skills necessary for success in any field, and these are precisely the skills developed in the English major. A core liberal-arts discipline, English provides rigorous instruction in writing, close reading, and analytical thinking, while fostering intellectual curiosity. Composition and literature courses at NCWC illustrate to students that critical inquiry - whether in the form of reading, writing or discussion - is not an activity that stops at the classroom door or the borders of the campus, but rather one whose usefulness and relevance extends to every aspect of their lives.

The Department of English at North Carolina Wesleyan College offers both a major and minor in English, as well as a minor in Journalism. Our majors pursue careers in education, law, journalism, public relations, advertising, marketing, federal and state government services, and social work.


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 The Visiting Writers' Series has been an integral part of the cultural life of North Carolina Wesleyan College since the 1960s. Each year, the College invites two writers to campus to read from their work and meet with students. Recent participants in the Visiting Writer's Series include Karen Bender, Allan Gurganus, Kaye Gibbons, Stuart Dybeck, Justin Cronin, and Charles Baxter. For more information, contact Dr. Jim Bowers.


Mark Twain ImageThe Department of English is home to the Alpha Omicron Beta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society. Sigma Tau Delta recognizes distinguished students in English studies and promotes academic excellence, character, and good fellowship. For more information on Sigma Tau Delta, contact Dr. Steve Ferebee.

The Black Mountain Collection, housed in the Elizabeth Pearsall Library, comprises books and other materials purchased from Black Mountain College (1933-56). The collections includes rare and special editions of books and prints, memorabilia originally at Black Mountain College, and materials by or about faculty and graduates of Black Mountain College. Dr. Leverett T. Smith, Jr., Professor Emeritus, is curator of the collection.



English Faculty Contacts

James Bowers, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Florida State University
(252) 985-5264

R. Steven Ferebee, Ph.D.
Professor of English
English Program Coordinator/
Division Chair of Humanities
University of New Mexico
(252) 985-5191

William J. Grattan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Journalism Minor Coordinator
University of Missouri
(252) 985-5336

Kedra L. James, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
University of Alabama
(252) 985-5174

Kathryn A. Smith, M.A.
Visiting Instructor of English
Director of the Writing Center
(252) 985-5337

W. Lee Templeton, II
Associate Professor of English
University of North Carolina Greensboro
(252) 985-5142
Writing Center
Student Success Center