We offer

Individualized Attention

Small class sizes from award-winning faculty & staff and advisors

Active Learning & Research

Classes dedicated around active learning in research, creative endeavors, and historical archives

Communities & Connections

Establishing connections through clubs, mentoring, guest speakers, and networking events

Degree Areas


english ba

Our flexible English major offers four programs of study: Literary Studies, Creative Writing, English Education, and Popular Culture.


Film Studies BA

Innovative Bachelors of Arts in Film Studies, as well as a Minor in Film Studies, & two filmmaking Minors in Fiction Filmmaking and in Documentary Production.


Creative Writing Minor

The creative writing minor offers students a program that blends foundational work in literary studies, exploration of creative writing in multiple genres, and a focused capstone experience.


english Ma

Provides students with a comprehensive grounding in literature, critical theory, and a variety of research methodologies. Designed to develop the skills associated with literary and cultural criticism, as well as editorial, research, writing, and teaching skills.


English PHD

Our doctoral program offers  advanced study of English, and global Anglophone literature in a range of theoretical orientations and interdisciplinary, cross-field areas of study in combination with the historical periods that have generally defined the study of national literatures.

Featured News


Administrative statement: For an Antiracist English Department

As we continue to process the abhorrent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Rayshard Brooks, and witness the largest protests in the U.S. since 1968, the leadership of the MSU Department of English wishes to affirm its commitment to anti-racist action.

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english professor earns edwin m. hopkins award

Lamar Johnson, Assistant Professor in the Department of English, received the 2018 English Journal Edwin M. Hopkins Award for his scholarly article, Loving Blackness to Death: (Re)Imagining ELA Classrooms in a Time of Racial Chaos.


english student earns marshall scholarship

Emily Steffke, an Honors College senior majoring in neuroscience in the College of Natural Science and English in the College of Arts and Letters, has been named a Marshall Scholar. The Marshall Commission provides support for up to 50 of the most outstanding undergraduates in the country …


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