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English Studies is one of the cornerstones of a liberal arts education and also offers a variety of approaches to specialized study. At Moravian College, students are invited to explore the rich, multi-dimensional nature of English Studies through their engagement with creative expression and the study of culture and history, linguistics, literature, rhetoric, theatre and performance, and writing. Excellent preparation for graduate study, the English major also helps launch the careers of writers, critics, lawyers, reporters, archivists, speech writers, editors, teachers, publishers, and researchers.

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  • American Literature
  • British Literature
  • Western Literature
  • The Experience of Literature
  • African-American Literature
  • Business Writing
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Tutorship I, II
  • Rhetoric and/of Narrative
  • The English Language
  • Introduction to English Studies
  • Public Speaking
  • Art of the Theater
  • Modern Drama and Theater
  • American Drama and Theater
  • Post-Colonial Literature
  • Prophets of Doom and Gloom? Science Fiction, Science Fact, and the Contemporary World
  • Literature and the Way We Live
  • Writing as Activism
  • Business and Community Writing
  • Fiction Writing
  • News and Feature Writing
  • Poetry Writing
  • Theories of Composition and Rhetoric
  • The Art of Poetry
  • Shakespeare
  • American Literature 1800-1865
  • American Realism
  • 20th-Century American Literature to 1950
  • American Fiction after World War II
  • Contemporary Native American Literature
  • Chaucer
  • British Renaissance and Neoclassicism
  • British Literature 1780-1830
  • The British Novel
  • 20th-Century British Literature
  • Literature and Culture of Medieval Britain
  • Dramatic Literature and the Moral Life 1580-1642
  • Dramatic Literature and the Moral Life 1875-Present
  • Seminars in English and American Literature
  • Senior Seminar (Capstone)
  • English Internship
  • Special Topics
  • Independent Study
  • Field Study
  • Honors


The Writing Center offers peer tutoring for any kind of writing to all Moravian College students. Moravian College Theatre Company productions are presented at the Haupert Union Building in a 120-seat theatre-in-the-round that features advanced sound and lighting equipment. All members of the Moravian College community have access to networked Windows and Macintosh microcomputers in campus academic computing laboratories. The labs provide laser printing capabilities for Macintosh and Windows computers. Students may connect their own computers to the campus network directly from their dormitory rooms. This connection provides 24-hour access to network services, including printing, file servers, electronic mail, and the Internet, plus storage for personal files and access to campus software programs needed for academic pursuits.



Associate Professor of English

EDUCATION: B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina

INTERESTS: Old and Middle English literature, language, and culture; hagiography, pilgrimage, and medieval religiosity; and the interplay of text and image. Dr. Black has received the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Omicron Delta Kappa Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is co-organizer of the annual Moravian College Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies and serves as faculty advisor to the Society for Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

Professor of English

EDUCATION: B.A., Boston College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago

INTERESTS: Early 19th-century British and American literature; Mary Wollstonecraft; literature and the environment; the art of poetry; women's diaries and travel writing, women's studies. Dr. Dougal has received the Lindback Award for excellence in teaching and the ODK Golden Apple Award.

Associate Professor of English; Chair of the Department of English

EDUCATION: B.A., Hanover College; M.A., Northwestern University; Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany

INTERESTS: Writing of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Dr. Hinnefeld’s work has been published in a variety of literary journals and anthologies. She received the 1997 Breadloaf Writers’ Conference Prize for fiction for her book, Tell Me Everything and Other Stories. In 1999, she won the ODK Golden Apple Award, and in 2001 she won the Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching. She is the author of the novels In Hovering Flight (2008) and Stranger Here Below (2010).

Professor of English

EDUCATION: B.A., M.A.T., Harvard University; M.A., Ph.D., Tufts University

INTERESTS: Renaissance drama and modern British fiction. English majors pursuing certification in secondary education are supervised by Dr. Reid during their student-teaching semester and attend her seminar on secondary English curriculum and instruction.

Assistant Professor of Theater Arts

EDUCATION: B.A., Drew University; M.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University

INTERESTS: Playwriting; directing; set design; performance techniques; musical theatre writing; script adaptation; nonprofit management; theatre and community; Eastern European theatre styles; Greek drama & mythology; Theatre of Cruelty; new play development.

Assistant Professor of English

EDUCATION: B.A., Smith College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Oregon

Professor of English

EDUCATION: B.A., Muskingum College; M.A., Old Dominion University; Ph.D., Louisiana State University

INTERESTS: Composition and Rhetoric, Writing, New Media

  • Carole Brown
  • Robert Burcaw
  • George Diamond
  • Jack Ramsey