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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Department of English

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Who’s Who in the Department of English


Ann Christensen


Hosam Aboul-Ela, Dorothy Baker (Emeritus), Margot Backus, Erin Belieu, Jason Berger, John Bernard (Emeritus), Robert Boswell, Ann Christensen, Chitra Divakaruni, Ted Estess, Karen Fang, Nick Flynn, Elizabeth Gregory, Wyman H. Herendeen (Emeritus), W. Lawrence Hogue (Emeritus), James Kastely, Carl Lindahl, John McNamara (Emeritus), David Mikics, William F. Monroe, Antonya Nelson, Robert Phillips (Emeritus), James Pickering (Emeritus), James Pipkin (Emeritus), Kevin Prufer, Martha Serpas, Michael Snediker, Roberta Weldon (Emeritus), Lorraine Stock, Roberto Tejada, Peter Turchi, Lois Zamora, James Zebroski (Emeritus)

Associate Professors:

Harmon Boertien (Emeritus), Paul Butler, James Cleghorn (Emeritus), Audrey Colombe, Sally Connolly, Marianne Cooley (Emeritus), Terrell Dixon (Emeritus), Chatwara Duran (Lower Division Studies Director), Sarah Ehlers (Graduate Studies Director), Jamie Ferguson, Peter Gingiss (Emeritus), Maria Gonzalez, Paul Guajardo, Francine Harris, David Judkins (Emeritus), Sebastian Lecourt, Auritro Majumder, David Mazella, Alexander Parsons (Creative Writing Program Director), Nathan Shepley, Cedric Tolliver (Upper Division Director), George Trail (Emeritus), Lynn Voskuil, Linda Westervelt (Emeritus), Jennifer Wingard, Barry Wood, Patricia Yongue (Emeritus), Lauren Zentz

Assistant Professors:

Sreya Chatterjee, Daniel Davies, Amanda Ellis, Eunjeong Lee, Brenda Peynado, Kavita Singh, David Womble, Sunny Yang

Advanced Degrees

The University of Houston also offers the Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of English. The Master of Arts includes majors in English and American Literature, and the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Literature.

The Doctor of Philosophy includes English and American Literature, and Literature and Creative Writing.

For information regarding admission to the graduate programs, degree requirements, and course listing, consult with the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of English and refer to the Graduate and Professional Studies catalog.

Language and Culture Center

The Language and Culture Center (LCC), housed in the Department of English, provides noncredit compensatory English language instruction to undergraduate and graduate international students who must improve their reading, writing, grammar, or spoken English language skills to compete successfully in the university classroom. Graduate students who score low on the Test of Spoken English (TSE), the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) direct proficiency oral interview, or other nationally standardized tests may enroll for courses in reading/writing, pronunciation, and teaching styles in higher education.

LCC courses do not count toward a degree, but do count toward full-time student status for immigration reporting purposes, and for calculation of building use and student service fees.

Undergraduate Programs

The Bachelor of Arts in English encompasses a variety of academic and career goals (e.g., graduate school in English; secondary certification); therefore, students with specific objectives should choose a concentration and consult with an English advisor as soon as possible to ensure optimal selection of advanced English electives.


  • English, B.A.  
    • Applied Linguistics Concentration
    • Creative Writing Concentration
    • Literature Concentration


The English Department offers a minor that can complement any major discipline studied at UH and will prepare students with skills in critical thinking, literary analysis and research that will provide students with an edge in obtaining careers in various employment sectors.