Upcoming Events




01/31/2018 5:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Travel Courses

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The English Department at OSU offers various travel courses for credit. These include courses at the Doel Reed Center for the Arts in Taos, New Mexico, courses in the Cambridge Program run by the Office of Scholarship Development, and other locations abroad. Watch social media outlets and look for flyers posted around campus for upcoming opportunities.

Summer 2017

Tourism and Taos: Rhetorical Invention and Intervention

Summer 2016

Trinidad and Tobago, and the Greater Caribbean

New Mexico Regionalism and Modernism

Notebooks and Nature: Writing Our Way to a Water Ethic

Spring and Summer 2015

Cowboys in Cambridge

The Nuclear Bomb and the Land of Enchantment

Trinidad and Tobago 

For faculty: if you have flyers from past events, please email them to the webmaster: engweb@okstate.edu 


OSU Teaching English as a Second Language Program

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Welcome to the OSU TESL Program

The Department of English at OSU offers a comprehensive program leading to both an MA in English with an option in Teaching English as a Second Language and a PhD in English with a specialization in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).

The MA TESL program is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to teach English to non-native speakers in a variety of situations, e.g., teaching English as a foreign language in an overseas school, college, or university; teaching English as a second language to international students studying in intensive English programs in the U.S.; or teaching English to bilingual/bicultural students in American public school systems and adult education programs.

The PhD program prepares students to conduct research in and teach TESL at the university level. OSU graduates in TESL have been highly successful in the job market. Recent graduates have been employed as instructors at local institutes and universities here in Oklahoma, as well as those in Colorado, Georgia, Tennessee, Washington D.C., Great Britain, Mexico and Brazil.

The Certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a one-year program designed to provide students with the skills important for teaching English to non-native speakers in a variety of situations:

  • Teaching English to bilingual/bicultural, English Language Learner (ELL) and Limited English Proficient (LEP) students in public school systems and adult education programs.
  • Teaching English as a Second Language to international students studying in English programs in the U.S.
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language in an overseas school, college, or university.

(Students wishing state certification as public school teachers must meet special state requirements)

More Information on TESOL Certificate. 


The MA TESL curriculum provides professional training in descriptive and applied linguistics, methods of teaching English as a second language, materials development, and second language testing. In addition to the training they receive through course work, students also participate in a supervised internship program in ESL. The MA in English with an option in TESL consists of 30 credit hours (thesis option) or 34 credit hours (non-thesis option). In addition to these hours, students must fulfill the foreign language requirement and pass a qualifying examination in TESL/Linguistics. 

More information about the MA TESL Degree Requirements

The PhD program allows more specialization and encourages students to match their interests with course offerings. The departmental course offerings include a variety of seminars in psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, second language theory and methodology, and second language testing. Students may also take elective courses in a variety of disciplines including anthropology, communicative sciences, sociology, psychology and education. Doctoral students must take a qualifying exam in the first year of study and a comprehensive exam at the end of their course work. A reading knowledge of two foreign languages or mastery of one foreign language, is required. For non-IndoEuropean languages, students may meet the reading knowledge requirement with 6 hours of coursework or one year of study and residence in a foreign country. Doctoral students earn a total of 60 hours (including 18-20 dissertation hours) beyond those required for the MA. 

More Information about PhD Degree Requirements


An Cheng

  • Rhetorical Genre Studies
  • English for Specific Purposes (ESP)/English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
  • Professional Writing/Rhetorical Theories
  • Language Awareness
  • L2 Learner Characteristics
  • L2 Writing Theories, Practices, and Teacher Development 

Gene Halleck

  • Oral Proficiency Testing
  • ITA Training
  • Aviation English
  • Simulation and Gaming 

Stephanie Link

  • Computer Assisted Language Learning
  • Interpretive Argument-based Validation
  • Systemic Functional Linguistics
  • Genre Analysis
  • L2 Writing
  • TESL

Carol Moder

  • Applied Linguistics & TESL
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Language Testing

Dennis Preston

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Dialectology
  • Ethnography
  • Discourse
  • SLA


Oklahoma State University English Department

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Welcome to OSU English Department

The study of English literature and language is fundamental to any education. Not only does it provide familiarity with the literary works that shape cultural heritage and the structure, history, and use of the language, but it also develops the ability to think analytically, to write effectively, and to consider various points of view.

Since its inception in the 1960s, the English Department at Oklahoma State University has attracted and served students with a diversity of interests. It offers a variety of courses, most of them small lectures and discussion classes. The curriculum supports intensive study in specific areas but allows students to combine them according to their own professional goals. BA, MA, MFA and PhD degrees are awarded through the department, and a full range of courses is offered in six areas:

The English Department also works with OSU to provide additional services: the OSU Writing Center, the International Teaching Assistant Program, and exciterbulb.

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Contact Us

English Department Directory

Office Directory (Spring 2017)

English Department Main Office

205 Morrill Hall
Fax: 405-744-6326

Where to find us:

The English Department is located in Morrill Hall on Morrill Avenue, east of the Student Union and Whitehurst Hall. Our office is in room 205. The university reserves Morrill Avenue for staff parking, but free one hour parking is available along Knoblock and Elm.

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English Department Administration

Richard Frohock, Head
English Department
205 Morrill

Ron Brooks, Associate Department Head
104C Morrill

English Department Advising

English Department Undergraduate Students
Clarissa Bonner
209 Morrill


Program Directors

Creative Writing
Aimee Parkison
107B Morrill Hall

English 3323 Program
An Cheng
302B Morrill

First Year Composition
Lynn Lewis
309C Morrill

Graduate Program
Andrew Wadoski
308A Morrill

Honors Composition
Lynn Lewis
309C Morrill

Honors in English
Martin Wallen, Coordinator
207B Morrill

International Composition 
Gene Halleck
314B Morrill

Martin Wallen
207B Morrill

Rhetoric and Professional Writing
Ron Brooks
104C Morrill

Screen Studies 
Jeff Menne
311A Morrill

TESL & Linguistics
Carol Moder
211C Morrill

Writing Center
Anna Sicari
440 Student Union


Robert Estes
Senior Financial Assistant
207C Morrill

JuDean Howerton
Administrative Assistant to Department Head
205 Morrill

Karen Kent-Cristiano
Senior Administrative Support Assistant
440 Student Union

Brenda Maxwell
Administrative Support Specialist II
English Graduate Program
308 Morrill

Charissa Prchal
Senior Administrative Support Assistant
205 Morrill

Laura Tunningley
Writing Center Coordinator
440 Student Union

Computer Support

Shanmugavel (Shan) GnanaSekar and Manikhandan (Mani) Rajendran
English Department Computer Technicians
104 Morrill

Dillon Hawkins
402 Morrill