Undergraduate Programs

When you come to the English Department at North Carolina A&T State University, we are committed to helping you find the path to your dreams.

Whether those dreams have you engaged in teaching, writing, leading or serving others, one of our undergraduate programs will let you embark on a wide range of careers and callings.

We also offer a Bachelor of Science degree and an undergraduate English Education that prepares students for secondary school teaching.

A minor is also offered in English.

African-American Literature

African American literature focuses on the literary work produced by people of African descent in the United States - an expansive and diverse body of literature that begins with 18th century writers such as Phyllis Wheatley and Olaudah Equino, continues through slave narratives, the Harlem Renaissance and on to the contemporary preeminence of writing by Toni Morrison and other, not only the national stage but internationally.

Themes of this literature include the role of African Americans in American society as a whole, racism, civil rights, slavery and African American culture.

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Creative Writing

The Creative Writing Program

“Leading with Service – Motivating through Words and Ideas”

North Carolina A&T State University is one of the oldest historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) offering a full-service Creative Writing Program and one of the few offering a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Creative Writing.

While we offer the traditional English courses for our creative writing majors, as an HBCU, we specialize in the study of African-American Literature, literature of Africa and the African Diaspora. Spoken Word and Hip-Hop are among the courses offered. Such diverse course offerings allow our creative writing majors to develop their talents in writing fiction, poetry, playwriting, spoken word and nonfiction from a diverse background of writing traditions.

About Creative Writing

At North Carolina A&T State University - one of the oldest HBCUs offering a full-service Creative Writing Program - we help you shape your ideas into the spoken or printed word.

Students choose from two tracks: fiction or poetry, and while our curriculum includes a full range of literature past and present, we have a special focus on African-American Literature, literature of Africa and the African Diaspora. Spoken Word and Hip-Hop are among the courses offered. 

Students also have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in the Aggies’ Open-Mic Series;
  • Perform in A&T’s premier Spoken Word Troupe: Poetic Insurgents;
  • Publish in our literary journal: Encore;
  • Join the creative writing club: Freedom Scribes;
  • Participate in writing competitions:
    • Annual Sonia Sanchez-Amiri Baraka Poetry Prize – Spring Semester
    • Annual J. California Cooper-John Edgar Wideman Short Fiction Prize – Fall Semester

For more information contact:

Dr. Anjail Rashida Ahmad, Program Director

Creative Writing Program, General Classroom Building A-427

Telephone: (336) 285-3501

E-mail: arahmad@ncat.edu

The English undergraduate program is nationally accredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS).

Encore

Encore is the student-edited literary magazine produced through the Creative Writing concentration.

A&T’s Premier Spoken Word Troupe: Poetic Insurgents

Poetic Insurgents began in Spring 2004 as a group of student performers under the guidance of Dr. Anjail Rashida Ahmad, the newly appointed director of A&T’s Creative Writing Program. From semester to semester and from year to year, new students filled the ranks. In Spring 2006, the members of the group named it Poetic Insurgents. In 2007, the new Creative Writing Program curriculum included a course designed to instruct students in the art, history and practice of spoken word and poetry (ENGL 208: Spoken Word and Performance I, a Practicum).

From that time, Poetic Insurgents has been a vehicle to instruct student performers in the art and practice of poetry as spoken word. The organization encourages:

  • Public speaking and speech fluency
  • Self-confidence
  • Interpretation skills
  • Writing skills
  • Collaborative skills
  • Performance skills
  • Community building
  • Community service

While student members of Poetic Insurgents may have experience in performing spoken word, far more students, though talented, can lack both the self-confidence as well as the public performance components. Through instruction in the history, method, and tradition of spoken word and poetry along with collaborative discussions, writing and staging practice, a loose-knit group of unaffiliated students who may lack specific skills at the outset, through their dedication to study and disciplined practice, soon become polished performers.

Poetic Insurgents performs throughout the A&T campus and greater Greensboro community, including appearances at the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, The AIDS/HIV Aids Awareness Day, Congo Day during Congo Week, the Multicultural Center’s Multicultural Thanksgiving Celebration, the A&T Writing Center Writing Conference, the English Department’s Composition Central Writing Conference and with Nikki Giovanni at the Greensboro Public Library’s PoetryGSO.

A&T’s Premier Spoken Word Troupe: Poetic Insurgents 2011-2012

Members: Richard Allen, Jastin Batts, Dana Gerald, Javon R. Rustin

Advisor: Dr. Anjail Rashida Ahmad, Director of Creative Writing

A427, GCB, English Department

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English Literature

The undergraduate program in English literature, or Professional English, prepares students to teach, to conduct research, to pursue graduate or professional degrees (such as law or library science), and to work in government, business, the media, and numerous other careers requiring mastery of the language.

Africana Committee

The Africana Committee of the English Department was initiated in the spring of 2008 by Dr. Pauline Ada Uwakweh with the vision to establish North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University as a premier international resource hub on Africa and the African Diaspora for students, faculty and community. The Committee’s mission goal are: 

  • To increase enrollment in existing course offerings on Africa and the African Diaspora;
  • To promote student and faculty knowledge on the intellectual  and cultural heritage of Africa and the African Diaspora;
  • To catalyze innovative and interdisciplinary student and faculty research on the challenges  facing Africa and the African Diaspora  in the globalizing world, from energy crises and geopolitical conflicts to emergent United States/Africa relations;
  • To promote educational programs for students and faculty, cultural activities, conferences and lecture series on Africana issues for students, faculty, and community;
  • To promote student learning on Africana issues through service to the community, study abroad and transnational collaboration between students, faculty and other institutions in Africa and the African Diaspora;
  • To create and maintain a web presence devoted to the Committee’s academic initiatives as well as its university and community engagements;
  •  To establish, in the long term, an Africana program of studies uniquely devoted to academic research on Africa and African Diaspora historical and social experience.

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Technical Writing

North Carolina A&T State University has the distinction of being the only HBCU to offer a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in Technical Writing.

The Technical Writing concentration focuses on teaching students to write and edit documents such as technical reports, software documentation, instructional manuals, patient care literature, employee publications, proposals, and web pages. Upon graduation, students are prepared for writing careers in technology, industry, government, health care, and business. The degree also prepares them for careers in teaching or law.  

In addition to classroom studies, each student is required to obtain an internship and to participate in:
  • TWIS (the technical writing club)
  • Seminars and Workshops
  • Annual Technical Writing Fair
  • Annual Manual Writing Contest

Technical Writing also offers a certificate program for non-majors.

For more information contact:

Dr. Jane Brown, Program Director

Technical Writing Program, General Classroom Building A-428

Telephone: (336) 285-3505 or brownjg@ncat.edu

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Undergraduate Teaching Program

Students wishing to teach secondary education may enroll in our Undergraduate Teaching Program. Students are required to have a 2.8 GPA and must major in English and minor in Education. About 30 students a year are admitted to the program. Students receive coursework in both English and Curriculum and Instruction, culminating in a Student Teaching Internship, a 12-week intensive work experience at an area high school. In the past students have been placed at Page, Dudley, Northeast, and Andrews (in High Point). 

This program seeks to help students receive official North Carolina Teaching Certification. In order to do this, they must complete the following:

  • All coursework
  • Student Teaching Internship
  • Passing score on the NTE/Praxis exam (NC’s required test)

For more information contact:

Dr. Elon Kulii, Program Director

Undergraduate Teaching Program, General Classroom Building A-452

Telephone: (336) 285-3516 or ekulii@ncat.edu

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