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Literature and Languages

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Degree Programs


Roosevelt University's English Program offers degree-seeking students a B.A. Undergraduates may also elect to concentrate in Creative Writing or pursue a Minor in English or in Writing (professional or creative track). The Program's faculty all have multiple areas of specialization in which they teach and publish routinely. See the English program website for details.

Creative Writing

The Roosevelt University Creative Writing Program offers a Master of Fine Arts degree and an undergraduate concentration or creative track within the Writing Minor. The MFA program strives to provide its students with the best in creative teaching provided by instructors with strong credentials both in the classroom and in their respective literary fields. For more information on the program, degree requirements, events, and more, visit the creative writing website.

Hispanic Studies

Undergraduate degree-seeking students at Roosevelt may pursue a Minor in Hispanic Studies. With a unique mix of courses including Spanish language and literature, courses focused on contemporary social issues like immigration, and study abroad opportunities, the Minor in Hispanic Studies meets Roosevelt's mission to create socially-conscious global citizens.

Department Chair

Regina Buccola
Professor and Department Chair
Chicago phone: 312-341-2400
Chicago room: AUD576C
Chicago fax: 312-341-2159

Literature and Languages News

Faculty Accomplishments

Director of Creative Writing Christian TeBordo’s latest novel Toughlahoma was published by Rescue Press in May, 2015.

Professor Larry Howe spent the 2014-2015 academic year as the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense. In the fall, he taught a survey course, American Literature to 1922, with the balance of the survey offered in the spring. In fall, he also taught an upper-division elective seminar on Mark Twain, and in the spring he taught a graduate seminar on Literature of the Color-Line. This course is coordinated with a history course focusing on race in the late 19th-mid 20th century in the US.

In addition to giving two presentations on the Odense campus--Interdisciplinary literary scholarship in the field of American Studies, and the US mid-term elections 2014--he's been invited to give the following lectures throughout Europe:

  • October University of Bonn, Germany, "Mark Twain and the American Ownership Society: Property and its Discontents"

  • Radboud University, Nimegen, NE, "Jim Crow Comes North: Confinement, Terror, and Narrative Discourse in Richard Wright's Native Son."

  • November University of Nottingham, UK, "Adventures of Huckleberry and the Problem of Race."

  • December University College of Lilljebaelt, Odense, DK, "American Literature: Traditions and Conflicts"

  • January Heidelberg University, Germany, "Mark Twain and the American Ownership Society: Property and its Discontents"

  • March University of Fribourg, Switzerland, "Eugene O'Neill's The Emperor Jones: American Drama and the Color Line"

  • East Anglia University, Norwich, UK, "Mark Twain and the American Ownership Society: Property and its Discontents"

Alumni Accomplishments

MFA alum Lori Rader-Day’s second novel, Little Pretty Things will be available July 7, 2015. Her acclaimed first novel, The Black Hour, has been nominated for numerous awards, including the Mary Higgins Clark Award, the Barry Award for Best Paperback Original and the Anthony Award for Best First Novel. The Black Hour won the Illinois Woman's Press Association's Mate E. Palmer Communications Award in fiction and the Lovey Award for Best First Mystery.

English BA (1987) Ricky Yancey’s wildly successful young adult novel, The 5th Wave has been turned into a Hollywood film, due for early 2016 release.