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Welcome to the Department of English Language and Literature, home to a vibrant community of award-winning faculty and students. The department's commitment to excellence in teaching and research is supported by extraordinary campus and community resources, which provide a unique range of learning experiences.


The Department offers programs of study that lead to the BA, MA, MFA, and Ph.D. degrees.


Undergraduate students may choose the Creative Writing Emphasis,Language and Literature, or Language and Rhetoric program. Minors are available in Creative Writing, Language and Literature, Writing, and Manuscript, Print Culture, and Editing.


Graduate students may choose the MFA in Creative Writing or the MA in English, which focuses on literary study. Two additional tracks are available for the MA, including Language and Literature, and Manuscript, Print Culture, and Editing. The Department also participates in the University's Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program.


Our faculty has published more than 30 books in the past five years and won Guggenheim,NEA, NEH, and other fellowships and honors. The department is also home to the award-winning literary journal New Letters and the book publisher BkMk Press, for which students can intern and gain real-world experience. Other internships are available through Hallmark and Andrews McNeel Publishing. The Department sponsors the publication Number One, a magazine of student poetry and fiction, and The Sosland Journal, a collection of award-winning student essays from the Illus W. Davis contest.


Our alumni enjoy successful careers in education, publishing, public relations, marketing, law, business, and other professions requiring excellent verbal, written, and communication skills.