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English and Modern Languages

English and Modern Languages students acquire skills in critical thinking, clear writing and oral communication while developing an informed appreciation of languages, literature and cultures. No matter your interests, the department offers programs that are engaging and help you continue developing as an individual.

Committed Faculty

Our faculty members practice what they teach.

English professors write for publication, edit professional journals and present their scholarship at conferences. Several faculty members also edit the Concho River Review, a semi-annual literary journal published by ASU, while others serve as editors for Computers and Composition, a quarterly journal focusing on the intersections of writing and technology.

Our modern languages faculty members guide undergraduate students in understanding the issues involved in approaching another culture through the language of that culture. Faculty members also make themselves available to students outside of class for various activities, such as weekly Coffee and Conversation sessions that provide students and the community with informal settings for practicing and developing foreign language proficiency.

First-Hand Experience

The English program’s annual literary and artistic magazine, Oasis, offers students experience editing and designing. Students are also encouraged to join any of the department’s student organizations that embrace different aspects of writing and foreign languages and cultures.

Career Opportunities

A degree in English or another modern language opens the doors to a wide array of careers. Having a global perspective is becoming an increasingly valuable credential, and the field of careers requiring foreign language skills continues to grow. Our department helps prepare students for careers in both the private and public sectors in business, education, journalism, research, health care and public service. Some students continue their education in graduate, medical or law school.

Join Us

For more information about the English and Modern Languages Department, call 325-486-6137 or e-mail us at

EML News

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    On Tuesday evening, our local chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society, inducted fifteen new members.
  • On November 2nd, Dr. Jules Gates, associate professor of English, presented her creative nonfiction poem “From His Coy Mistress” on a panel with two other creative nonfiction writers at the 2015 South Central Modern Language Conference (SCMLA) in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • Dr. Chris Ellery, a professor of English in Angelo State University’s Department of English and Modern Languages, has won first prize in the eighth biennial X.J. Kennedy Award for Creative Nonfiction administered by Rosebud Magazine.

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Honor societies

Our department has local chapters of each of these honor societies:

  • Alpha Mu Gamma (Foreign Language)
  • Sigma Tau Delta (English)
  • Sigma Delta Pi (Hispanic)

Join a Student Organization

These student organizations meet regularly in the Department of English and Modern Languages:

Coffee and Conversation

Come join our weekly Coffee and Conversation sessions led by faculty speaking informally in French, Russian, German and Spanish.

Writers conference

The English and Modern Languages Department hosts the annual Writers Conference that attracts guest writers from across the country.