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Department of English & Language Arts

The Department of English and Language Arts invites you to join us in helping tomorrow's leaders, thinkers, writers and scholars get to where they want to be.

Whether it's in a seminar in Shakespeare or popular culture, a poetry-writing workshop, or a course in filmmaking, feminism, or the African American novel, as a student in the Department of English and Language Arts at Morgan State University, you'll find yourself in a stimulating environment with some of the most celebrated and dynamic professors in the thriving field of English and Language arts.

More than ever, employers want to hire graduates with a breadth of knowledge and the critical thinking skills needed for the fast-paced environment of the 21st century workplace. Our faculty prepare a variety of scholars for whatever sort of challenge they may face, whether it is in business, education, law, journalism or the vast array of careers in which English majors thrive.

The major in English requires a total of 54-60 credits, depending on the student's choice of concentration. The 33-credit CORE sequence includes courses in English, American, and African American literature, along with courses in literary criticism and the history of the English language. Students may form concentrations in Creative Writing, Language Arts, or Literature and Language. The department is also home to the  undergraduate major in Screenwriting and Animation (SWAN).

Students outside of the major will fulfill their English and Humanities core requirements with the department, and we encouage these students to explore our catalog for courses that may align with their personal, professional or academic interests.

Department of English and Langauge Arts 

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Please be advised that no further overrides will be granted by the Department of English and Language Arts for Spring 2024. This includes overrides for all Women, Gender, and Sexuality (WGST) courses. 

If you have questions about either the WGST Graduate Symposium or the 7th. Annual Quarles Conference, email us at MorganConferences@Gmail.com

James Baldwin Centennial Celebration 

The James H. Gilliam, Jr. College of Liberal Arts

invites you to submit paper/panel/poster proposals for the

7th Annual Benjamin A. Quarles Conference, October 24 – 26, 2024! 

Baldwin Photo

The Centennial Celebration of Author

James Baldwin

1924 - 1987

The theme of the conference is African Americans and the Arts as established by The Association for the Study of African American Life and History.  Specifically, “African American art is infused with African, Caribbean, and the Black American lived experiences. In the fields of visual and performing arts, literature, fashion, folklore, language, film, music, architecture, culinary and other forms of cultural expression the African American influence has been paramount. African American artists have used art to preserve history and community memory as well as for empowerment.”  For the 2024 conference, we are particularly interested in James Baldwin’s contribution to African Americans and the Arts. 

Morgan State University will celebrate Baldwin throughout 2024 with readouts, lectures, community events, the Presidential Distinguished Lecture, collaborations with external units, and much more.

 Generally proposals should explore, among other things;

  • James Baldwin's Art
  • African/African Diaspora Contributions to Western/American Art
  • African American Lived Experiences as the Basis for Theory
  • African American Artists and the Humanities 

Contact MorganConferences@Gmail.com for more information.

The Organizing Committee for the Centennial James Baldwin Celebration

Centennial Planning Committee

The Organizing Committee for the Centennial James Baldwin Celebration met recently to advance plans to honor one of the greatest novelist, essayist, dramatist, poet, and civil rights activist in the history of American letters. Members of the committee include (left to right in the photo) Dr. Juanita Gilliam (English Lecturer), Dr. Denise Jarrett (Acting Director of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies) Dr. Ida Jones ( Associate Director of  Special Collections and University Archivist), Dr. Adele Newson-Horst (Interim Chair, Department of English and Language Arts), and Ms. Jennifer Umezinwa, (Graduate student and Adjunct faculty).