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The English Department offers degree-concentrations in a variety of specialized areas of study: literature, creative writing, digital technology, and pedagogy. Read More.

The Department of English offers five minors: Children’s Literature and Childhood Studies, Diverse Literatures and Cultural Studies, English, Linguistics, and Technical and Professional Writing. Read More.


We offer an M.A. in English, an M.A./M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and Certificates in Applied Linguistics as well as Technical/Professional writing. Read More.

Susan Gardner


It is with deep sadness that the English Department notes the death of  our friend and colleague Susan Gardner,
 who was always kind-hearted, generous, and thoughtful.  Susan died on Jan. 2, 2022 after an extensive illness. 
Before coming to UNC Charlotte in 1990, she earned her PhD from Rhodes University in South Africa
and her MA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
She taught in the United States, South Africa, Denmark, and New Guinea.

Among the courses that Dr. Gardner regularly taught at UNC Charlotte were Postcolonial Literature,
World Literature for Teachers, Contemporary American Indian Literature and Film, and American Indians. 
During the 2006-07 academic year, she served as the resident advisor for UNC Charlotte students at
Kingston University in London. 
Gardner published numerous scholarly articles, including several on the American Indian writer Ella Cara Deloria.
Although Dr. Gardner retired in 2012,  she continued to teach as an adjunct faculty member in the
American Studies Program and the English Department until 2016. 
During her career at UNC Charlotte, she helped diversify the English Department’s literature offerings and
introduced several courses on American Indian literature and film.
Gardner was an important voice for diversity and for Native American issues
at UNC Charlotte, and we  are grieved to mark her passing.

A memorial service is planned for later in the spring. 

As of July 6, 2021, the English Department hours of operation have returned to in-person operating hours, 8:00-5:00pm Monday-Friday.  Contact information for department staff is here: 
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many faculty will continue to telework and can be reached by email.  Contact information for faculty is here:   
Student appointments for undergraduate advising will be conducted virtually for Summer and Fall 2021.  Please make an appointment via Connect ( with advisor Ms. Gina Kelley.  
If you plan to visit the English Department in person, we request that you wear a mask. Thank you. 

About Us

The English Department offers a variety of courses in creative writing, linguistics, literature, pedagogy, rhetoric, and technical communication. These courses foster students' abilities to think critically, to read analytically, and to communicate effectively in oral and written form. Because these advanced literary skills are in high demand, our former students have found careers in fields such as teaching, technical/professional writing, editing, publishing, advertising, public relations, and nonprofits, as well as in business, financial services, and banking. Others have pursued advanced degrees in literature, law, medicine, teaching, and business administration.


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