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English Studies Department

FALL 2020 UPDATE: The Department of English Studies located at Miller Hall, Room 202 will operate remotely for the Fall 2020 semester, the chair and faculty are available by phone or video conference. For assistance or to make an appointment with the department chair, Dr. Lisa Gim, please email Diane Lucas: dlucas@fitchburgstate.edu or call  978-665-3267. You may also contact Dr. Gim by phone 978-665-3444 or email at lgim@fitchburgstate.edu. To make a virtual appointment with an English Studies faculty member, please contact them directly. Contact information and office hours are listed elsewhere on this page.

Location: Miller Hall 202
Chairperson: Lisa Gim - 978.665.3444
Administrative Assistant: Diane Lucas - 978.665.3267
Admissions Office: 978.665.3144 or admissions@fitchburgstate.edu


The English Studies Department offers concentrations in Literature, Teacher Education, and Professional Writing. Students from all tracks take core courses in literature and writing, as well as the capstone course, the culminating experience for all our majors.

Through their study of great writers in English and in translation, students in the literature concentration learn to recognize the profound issues which cross geographic and temporal boundaries. As they read, analyze, discuss, and write about fiction, poetry, essays, and memoirs, they become critical thinkers with sharpened writing and verbal skills. These students often go directly into jobs which require research, analysis, and clear communication or they may choose among graduate programs including those in law, business, counseling, teaching, or library science.

Students planning to teach will have many fine models to emulate and will gain a solid grounding both in literature and in secondary school teaching methods as well as gain initial licensure. For practical teaching experience, students will be placed with some of the best high school teachers in the region, many of them graduates of our Bachelor’s or Master’s level programs.

Students interested in professional writing have the choice of many writing courses—journalism, technical writing or creative writing—and are encouraged to submit independent work to Route 2, our literary magazine, the campus newspaper, The Point and to our online magazine, Detour. Students are also able to gain professional experience through internships.

Two Year Course Rotation (PDF)
Four Year Plan of Study
Course Catalog

English Studies Full Time Faculty


Historic Miller Hall, once a women’s dormitory, is home to the English Studies department. Renovations of Miller Hall were completed in 2012.