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Peter Pietrangelo of Sault Ste. Marie presented a research paper at the 2010 John Burroughs Nature Writing Conference and Seminar held during the summer at the State University of New York in Oneonta. The conference, "Old Lessons for a New Millennium: Nature Writing and Environmentalism in the 21st Century," focused on the work of writers who contributed to the early conservation movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the work of contemporary writers who are exerting an influence on the development of early 21st century environmentalism. Read more

Peter Pietrangelo ('10)
Liberal Studies, concentrations in both English and professional communication

English Language and Literature

Emphasizes the humane letters and language study.

The Power of Words

The study of English prepares you to communicate effectively, to understand the history and power of words, to think critically and creatively, and to recognize and balance several points of view. It provides you a better understanding of human nature, your community, and your place in the world. The writing and critical thinking skills developed in English coursework will make you competitive in many fields.

The English Program features small classes, lots of reading, opportunities for writing, creative writing, and literary research, and supervision by faculty who know their students. Writing students take coursework to increase their fluency in academic, professional, and creative forms of writing. Literature students get a thorough preparation in the analysis of literary, social, and cultural texts and histories, as well as in methods of research and theory. Study in both of these areas lets students pursue significant work in scholarship, commercial communication, and productive cultural, ethical, and intellectual life.

The department that once worked with the Unicorn Hunters to publish the Woods-Runner now provides editing and publishing opportunities for undergraduate English literature and creative writing students. Competitive internships are available for editors and readers in poetry and fiction through Border Crossing, the Creative Writing Program's teaching journal, which occasionally publishes the very best student work alongside that of emerging and established writers. Students may also work on the Creative Works Collective, an experimental zine written, edited, and published monthly by the English Club. Every year, the English Department holds the Osborn Poetry Contest and the Fiction Short Story Contest. Submissions are due in the spring, with the winners announced at the end of the year.

Career Descriptions

A sound liberal arts education is a satisfactory and soughtafter preparation for many vocational and professional areas: communication, industry, government and teaching.

  • Editor — Develops original fiction and nonfiction for books, magazines and trade journals, newspapers, technical reports, company newsletters, radio and television broadcasts, movies and advertisements.
  • Technical Writer — Puts scientific and technical information into readily understandable language. Prepares operating and maintenance manuals, catalogs, parts lists, assembly instructions, sales promotion materials and project proposals. Plans and edits technical reports and oversees preparation of illustrations, photographs, diagrams and charts.
  • Public Relations Director — Handles media, community, consumer and government relations; political campaigns; interest-group representation; conflict mediation; or employee and investor relations.
Well Prepared

LSSU has a great reputation for placing English Language and Literature students in graduate and professional schools, such as:

  • Wayne State University
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Jessica Hirt

"One of my favorite things about LSSU is its size. The classrooms, especially as you get to the upper levels, get smaller, so you not only have a chance to discuss your ideas in an honest, supportive manner, but you also get to know your professors and classmates. The upper level courses really allow you to focus on what you love, and the small class size allows you to have time to share and to discuss your ideas." [ more ]

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