Real-world approach to teaching.
Reading, writing and thinking—three skills important for success in any field.
Students in the Baker University Department of English learn how to read and think critically about anything and everything their hearts desire. They dissect texts and film, learning to analyze what is portrayed and how. They trace America’s history through the lens of literature, watching as the story unfolds through the pages of a book, and the students learn to write based on personal experiences, creating and sharing stories of their own. Students majoring in English sharpen their skills through one of our three concentrations: creative writing, literature, or certification to teach English at the middle or secondary level.
Publish Your Work
The Department of Humanities publishes an annual arts and literary journal called Watershed, featuring artwork and writing by Baker students. English students have the opportunity to either submit work for consideration for publication or be involved in the creation of the Watershed each year. Positions include editor, assistant editor, art director, and designer.
Assistant Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence Marti Mihalyi was selected as one of 18 recipients of the Faculty of Distinction award, honoring top faculty members at the 18 private colleges and universities within Kansas.
Study Literature Abroad
Observing the culture, history, surroundings, and people of another country provides a greater understanding of the great works of literature. Baker students have studied literature in England and other English-speaking countries and also in other countries in conjunction with their required study of an international language.
Our english majors have gone on to the following careers:
The Department of Humanities gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following years tuition:
- Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Humanities
- Dr. Irene Murphy Memorial Scholarship
- Etta and Orin Murphy Scholarship
- Kahle Endowed Scholarship
- The Moorman Prize for Prose Writing
- The Moorman Prize for Poetry Writing
- Jefferson-Greiner Scholarship
Creative Writing Scholarship
Students may apply for creative writing participation awards at any time. Contact Assistant Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence Marti Mihalyi for more information: marti.mihalyi@bakerU.edu.
English Course Descriptions
Meet the Faculty
Assistant Professor of English, Writer-in-Residence
B.A. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, M.F.A. Bowling Green State University
Expertise: poetry, creative nonfiction, contemporary American poetry, teacher education (K-university) for sites of the National Writing Project
Office: Case 308
Dr. Joanne Nystrom Janssen
Associate Professor of English
B.A. Bethel University, M.A. Ball State University, Ph.D. University of Iowa
Expertise: British literature, 19th century literature and culture, periodical culture, postcolonial and world literature
Office: Case 305B
Dr. Tamara Slankard
Associate Professor of English
B.A. Belmont University, M.A. University of Tulsa, Ph.D. State University of New York at Stony Brook
Expertise: American literature, modernism, women’s and gender studies, cultural studies
Office: Case 305E
Instructor of English, Quest
B.A., M.A. University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale
Expertise: Medieval literature, English language, Shakespeare, classical languages and literature
Office: Case 305C