Department of English

Special Programs 

Cinema Television Emerging Media Studies (CTEMS)
CTEMS at Morehouse College aims to prepare students to be thoughtful storytellers and media consumers of film and television and offers them a foundation for further study at the graduate level and/or for professional careers in the industry. The program introduces students to the process of shaping compelling narratives by moving from idea to the written page, and ultimately to the screen. Students engage in the critical study of film and television, including history, criticism, and the components of filmic storytelling and participate in hands-on production work in the senior year. For admission, potential majors must demonstrate their academic seriousness and creativity by submitting an original work that emphasizes storytelling and their potential as a successful CTEMS major.

Contact: Dr. Stephane Dunn


Forensics Program
The Morehouse Forensics (Speech and Debate) program provides opportunity for students to showcase their oratorical skills through a variety of speech and debate events. Currently, the program is primarily concentrated on a variety of forms of intercollegiate debate including parliamentary debate and international public debate. The program is ranked the best parliamentary debate program in the State of Georgia, and the team finished the 2011-2012 season ranked in the top 16 in the nation according to the National Parliamentary Debate Association. At the 2012 Pi Kappa Delta Nationals, the team earned top honors by having one team reach elimination rounds in parliamentary debate and bringing home speaker awards in a variety of debate events including parliamentary debate and international public debate. The team has also participated in speech events including: poetry, prose, dramatic interpretation, dramatic duo , program oral interpretation, persuasive speaking, informative speaking, impromptu speaking, extemporaneous speaking, after dinner speaking, and communication analysis. The team competes all over the Southeast, with occasional jaunts to more exotic locales.

Contact: Attorney Ken Newby, Director of Forensics


Sigma Tau Delta
Upsilon Nu Chapter (Morehouse) of the Society was chartered in 1976, at a time when there were very few English majors.  Hence, most of the members who were chartered were faculty of the department; in fact, only one student was in the original group.  The charter members still on the faculty are Drs. Zatlin and Stephens (engaged as sponsors for twenty-five years).  In the 1980’s, as the number of majors increased, student membership became the core. Others became associate members, and a virtual Alumni Chapter was formed a few years ago. The Society celebrates its 90th anniversary at its 2014 convention, to be held this upcoming year in Savannah, Georgia, and thousands of members are expected to present papers there.  Upsilon Nu members (students) have presented at more than twenty conventions.  The venue rotates among six areas of the country (so far, no sites elsewhere).  Membership in the Society is by invitation only, and members are enthusiastic in adhering to a major mission, the advancement of literary scholarship. 

Contact: Dr. Delores Stephens


Semester at Sea (Study Abroad) – Winter and Summer Enrichment Voyage

English majors and minors are encouraged to apply for grants and fellowships to study in other countries during winter or summer breaks, or year-long terms. Credit for such work is assessed and awarded toward graduation as applicable.

Contact: Dr. Consuella Bennett



The Catalyst is the student literary magazine sponsored by the Department of English.  Published annually, the volume is edited by a committee composed of faculty members and students (who comprise of least fifty percent of the editorial staff).  The Catalyst features outstanding work in fiction, poetry, drama, non-fiction, art, and photography, and all Morehouse students are eligible to submit works for consideration.

Contact: Dr. Cindy Lutenbacher