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English Department

Frederick Smock, Kentucky's Poet Laureate and Associate Professor of English, reads his poem written for Dr. Susan M. Donovan's inauguration.

The English Department has carefully designed its program of study to reflect the challenges and the pleasures of such a diverse field. This is reflected clearly in the variety of courses offered, and in the sequential way in which we ask our majors to approach their study. That study must begin with English 201, The World of Texts, which introduces the student to the basic principles underlying the discipline. Students are also required to take at least one half of the American Literature Survey before moving into upper-level American literature courses, and one half of the British Literature Survey before moving into upper-level British literature courses. The 300 and 400 level courses presume the solid grounding in literary history and critical reading skills that our 200 level courses are designed to provide. In the student's senior year, the major provides a distinct "capstone" experience through Eng. 450, the Integrative Seminar.

The deep literacy that one can achieve through careful work in the major prepares the student for a range of post-graduate opportunities. Naturally, one can pursue the discipline further, through graduate study in English. But the major in English, in connection with the full experience of coursework that a Bellarmine education provides, can lead also to a range of professional opportunities; recent graduates in English have gone on to work in such fields as banking, law, medicine, management, public relations, advertising, and academic administration.

Careers in English


Jennifer Barker, Ph.D, Chair (email) (website)
Jon Blandford, Ph.D (email) (website)
Megan Burnett, MFA (email) (website)
John Gatton, Ph.D (email) (website)
Charles Hatten, Ph.D (email) (website)
Jessica Hume, Ph.D, MFA (email) (website)
Conor Picken, Ph.D (email) (website)
Annette Powell, Ph.D (email) (website)
Zackary Ross, Ph.D (email) (website)
Frederick Smock, MA (email) (website)
Amy Tudor, Ph.D (email) (website)
Kathryn West, Ph.D (email) (website)

Theatre Program

The vision of the Bellarmine University Theatre Program celebrates the creativity of the human spirit. As a vital part of an international liberal arts community, the Theatre Program concentrates on developing imaginative, knowledgeable, skilled and responsible artists, teachers, scholars, students and audience members for the future of the theatre. Within this creative community of artist-scholars, students are encouraged to cultivate critical thinking and develop their individual artistic passion through immersion in literature, new world views, cultural diversity, exposure to a wide variety of performance practices and their own practical creative exploration.

Film Studies Minor

Bellarmine’s Film Studies minor is designed to deepen student’s perception and discernment when it comes to visual storytelling and media literacy. Movies and television shows are some of the most important and powerful cultural forms of the last century, though they are often viewed uncritically. Film Studies courses will guide students away from the habits of mere consumption towards an attentive and analytic appreciation for the complex content and structure of filmmaking. The Film Studies minor situates films within an interdisciplinary context that will increase student’s ability to think critically and communicate clearly about the relationship between images, ideas, narrative, and sound. Courses also count towards the English major. See the catalog for more information.

The Bellarmine Film Association is a student-run group dedicated to bringing a wide array of the world's cinema to the Bellarmine campus.

Study Abroad

Bellarmine offers a wide variety of study abroad options on 6 continents in over 50 countries and at over 150 partner campuses around the globe.

Contact Us

English Department
Bellarmine University
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY 40205