Department of English and Philosophy

We offer a Bachelor of Arts in English as well as Bachelor of Science degrees in Secondary Education in English and Secondary English Certification with Second Major in Special Education as well as a minor in Philosophy.

Kathleen GeorgeRecent Events

As part of Lock Haven University’s Pennsylvania Authors Reading Series, on Thursday, October 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ulmer planetarium, acclaimed writer and professor of theatre and creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh, Kathleen George, will present a reading from two of her most recent books. Dr. George will be in residence at the university during the day, visiting classes and engaging students and community members in discussions about her writing and her life as a writer, professor, and director. Books will be available for purchase and signing following the reading. All events are free and open to the public.

Kathleen George’s publications include a series of seven procedural thrillers set in Pittsburgh, two books of short stories, three scholarly books and numerous articles on theatre arts, and the two non-series novels from which she’ll be reading. The Johnstown Girls, 2014, recounts the story of two sisters who spend a lifetime apart after being separated during the Johnstown flood, and The Blues Walked In (2018) presents a mystery set in Pittsburgh in 1936, in which jazz singer Lena Horne joins with a new friend to save another from a false accusation of murder. The complexities of race, social class, family, and education create obstacles in the lives of each of the three characters and jeopardize their friendships and their quest for truth and justice.

Her other book-length fiction publications include The Man in the Buick, a collection of stories, BKMK press, 1999; Taken, a novel, Delacorte 2001 (also translated into French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Danish, and Norwegian); Fallen, Dell 2004; Afterimage, St. Martin's Minotaur 2007; The Odds, St. Martin's Minotaur 2009; Pittsburgh Noir, Akashic, 2011; Hideout, St. Martin's Minotaur, 2011, and Simple, St. Martin's Minotaur, 2012; and A Measure of Blood, Mysterious, 2014.

As part of Lock Haven University’s WriteNow: Community Conversations with Contemporary Authors reading series, Dr. George will also be reading at a Food for Thought event sponsored by Ross Library on October 11 at 12:30 p.m.

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Past Events

Susan Pogorzelski is an alumna of the English department whose second novel, The Last Letter, is a semi-autobiographical story of what it was like to live with undiagnosed Lyme Disease for fifteen years.  Since her diagnosis, she has gone on to work as a writer, owner of a small publishing house, and founder of LymeBrave, a foundation to support individuals with Lyme Disease and their caregivers and to educate the public.

To read about Susan’s actual experience, you can go to , one of the pages on her website.

 Poster designed by Megan Rathmell, a junior art major at LHU.

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Richard Van Dyke, Ph.D.

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The English Department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in English (with a concentration in either Literature or Writing). Both areas will prepare you for careers in a wide variety of areas, such as business, government, professional writing, or publishing, where the ability to write well and think critically is essential. You also may choose to continue to graduate school for an advanced degree in literature, composition & rhetoric, creative writing, or law.

We offer Bachelor of Science degrees in Secondary Education in English and Secondary English Certification with a Second Major in Special Education, as well as a Post-Baccalaureate leading to certification in English (7-12). If you are interested in teaching English or English and special education at the middle or high school levels, the BS in Secondary Education programs prepare you with an in-depth knowledge of writing and literature, as well as pedagogical theory and practice. We are proud to be accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (NCATE/CAEP).

English Department faculty have advanced degrees in literature, writing, and pedagogy, together with years of college teaching experience. We have published a wide variety of scholarly works, poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction.

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