Cannon College of Arts and Sciences
English Department Overview

English majors and other Wingate students with Dr. Pam Thomas (front row, right) in Canterbury for an extended travel experience based on playwrights in England and Ireland

Majoring in English
Are you interested in a major that combines core studies in language and literary classics with electives in contemporary subjects like film, women’s studies, Southern literature, or African American literature? English may be the perfect area of study for you.
A degree in English opens the door to a nearly limitless selection of diverse and fulfilling careers.
    The English major is an established path to professional school. Some of our alumni have completed graduate studies in business, education, English, law, library science and religion. In addition, our English department works with other programs on campus to help graduates with career placement concerns: students who major in English may use elective hours to pursue a second major or a double minor, further increasing their career opportunities.
    Wingate's English department is also devoted to helping majors sharpen their professional writing and technology skills. Every English major at Wingate must take English 256 Desktop Publishing.  Majors also may choose to minor in Professional and Technical Writing and prepare themselves for a career in editing and technical writing.
B.A. in English
B.A. in English and Education
Professional and Technical Writing
Creative Writing
Dr. John Sykes,
Professor of English & Department Chair

To discover more about Wingate's English faculty, students, and alumni, click on the following links or scroll down to view pictures of recent events:
  • Watch a video to learn more about Dr. Casey Pratt, Assistant Professor of English
  • Read Wingate Alumnus Adam Raskoskie's speech about how majoring in English has helped his career in technical writing and instructional design

Sigma Tau Delta Officers and 2013 Initiates with Dr. Casey Pratt (back row, right)

Sigma Tau Delta National Honors Society Faculty Advisor, Dr. Brooke Mitchell (right) and alumna Nancy Thompson at Wingate's Club Information Fair  

Dr. Sylvia Little-Sweat (right), Soprano Jane McCoy, and Pianist Dewitt Tipton pose after performing "'In this Short Life': Emily Dickinson's Poetry in Song"

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Classes of Interest
Writing (Professional and Technical, Research, Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, etc.)
Literature (Modern American, Native American, Southern, Scottish, Shakespeare and more)
Literature and Film
Literary Theory

English Faculty
Clubs & Programs
English Advisory Board, Wingate's English Club
Sigma Tau Delta, National Honor Society
Creative Writing Club
Counterpoint, Wingate’s literary magazine

2016 Shakespeare Competition: Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016
for middle and high school students
Research Projects

Kayla Gibson: "Visions and Revisions of the Trojan War" Summer Research Fellowship 2014
James Lawson: "Such Art as Truth and Beauty Shall Together Thrive: The Works of Shakespeare as an Introduction to Ethics" Summer Research Fellowship 2013

Donnavee Boulton: “Jewish Espionage in Abraham Rothberg’s THE HEIRS OF CAIN” Undergraduate Research Symposium 2010
Paula Jean Boulton: “Philip Roth’s Satire in Goodbye Columbus” Undergraduate Research Symposium 2010
Marcella Trumbower: "Jane Austen in Translation"  Summer Research Fellowship 2009
Sydni Canada: "The Language of Flowers in Tennyson's The Princess"  Senior Honors Project 2008
Carrie Butler: "Facing 'The Horror!': An Exploration of the Literary Double in Victorian Gothicism"  Senior Honors Project 2007
Ashley McDaniel: "Greening Downtown Monroe: The Parking Garden at E. Franklin and Church" Senior Honors Project 2007
Jessica Potter: "Nature's Shadowy Face" National Conference for Undergraduate Research  2006
Courtney Adams: "Sensational Complexities and Detective Simplicities: The Psychological and Intellectual Lineage from Wilkie Collins to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" Philological Association of the Carolinas 2005

Career Opportunities
English is one of the most versatile majors you can choose. Here are just a few of the many career possibilities available to English majors:
Journalism (print, radio, television)
Writing (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays, freelance, etc.)
Technical writing (copywriting, website content)
Public relations/communications
Library Science
Government service
Our Graduates

Rhett Brown: President of Wingate University, Wingate University, Wingate, NC
Heather Campbell Miller:
 Chief of Staff and Vice President for Student Life and Enrollment Services, Wingate University, Wingate, NC
Matthew Hogge
: Student, University of South Carolina Law School, Columbia, SC
Cynthia Nearman
: Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC
Amee Odom: Director of the Ethel K. Smith Library, Wingate University, Wingate, NC

Adam Raskoskie
: Technical Course Developer, ACI Worldwide, Charlotte, NC
Kevin Winchester: Instructor of English and Director of the WU Writing Center, Wingate University, Wingate, NC
Merrie Winfrey
: Associate Attorney, Sturgill, Turner, Barker & Moloney, Lexington, KY
Teresa Zorro
: Vice President for Publicity, Random House