Degrees in English and Humanities

Critical thought is the central skill you will learn at Shawnee. Our English/Humanities majors are taught to view problems in literature through a series of questions and approaches to reveal the inner workings and meanings imbedded in English literature, philosophy and other languages.

Students become thoughtful readers and critical interpreters of what they read. We expand knowledge and the methods of dealing with knowledge, viewing texts in a variety of contexts: cultural, historical, biographical to name a few. The experience of working with insightful, learned faculty on questions of methodology and context enrich the college experience, and prepare students for a wide ranging series of careers where thoughtful decision-making is required.


The Department of English and Humanities develops students who can think and read critically, write and speak clearly, and who understand the contributions literature, art, music, and philosophy can make to the quality of daily life.

The Department believes that the skills of reading, writing, and thinking are the foundations upon which a successful college career is built, and, therefore, all areas within the Department accept as part of their charge the continuous development of writing and speaking skills.

To this end, the Department is committed to providing opportunities for the integrated study of a variety of art forms as well as to infusing its academic programs with American, international, and multicultural perspectives.

Programs in Humanities

Bachelor of Arts Programs


Associate of Arts

Catalog listing for Associates Degrees

  • Arts/Humanities, Communication
  • Arts/Humanities, English
  • Arts/Humanities, General
  • Associate of Individualized Studies

Get Started

Interested in a degree in English or Humanities? Schedule an appointment with an advisior to get started or just talk over your options. Working with your advisor can help you to meet your academic goals in the shortest time possible.

To start, contact (740) 351-3300 or

Sigma Tau Delta

Shawnee State University is home to the Alpha Omicron Sigma chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society. English majors and minors who meet the following academic guidelines may be eligible for membership in Sigma Tau Delta:

  • You must be majoring or minoring (or the equivalent) in the discipline of English.
  • You must have a minimum of two college courses in English language or literature beyond English 1105.
  • You must have a 3.0 or higher GPA in all your English courses at SSU.
  • You must have a 3.0 or higher in general scholarship.
  • You must have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college coursework.
  • You must currently be enrolled as a students at Shawnee State University.

Sigma Tau Delta charges all new members a one-time initiation fee. Sigma Tau Delta applications are available from Dr. Roberta Milliken or Dr. Debra Knutson.

English and Humanities

Contact Information

Department of English and Humanities

(740) 351-3300

Fax: 351-3596

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