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Department of English and Interdisciplinary Studies


The Department of English and Interdisciplinary Studies at South Dakota State University is a vibrant community of faculty and students dedicated to the teaching and learning of language, literature and culture. As they hone their abilities as writers, speakers, researchers, collaborators, analysts, problem solvers and leaders, our students explore the ways in which the literature we read and write develops our capacity to understand ourselves, connect with others and improve the world around us. Our program equips students with the knowledge and capabilities that are sought after by employers in a wide range of fields and industries, including education, business, publishing, public relations, technology, advertising, marketing, sales, law and medicine.

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2022 Issue of ‘Oakwood’ unveiling to be April 21 at Briggs Library

Founded in 1975, South Dakota State University’s literary magazine “Oakwood” is fast approaching its 50th anniversary. This year’s issue debuts April 21 at the Hilton M.
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Prizewinning poet Sara Henning visits SDSU March 31

After a pandemic-related hiatus of more than two years, South Dakota State University’s Department of English and Interdisciplinary Studies is relaunching its visiting author series by welcoming poet Sara Henning for a reading and reception. The event will take place at 7 p.m.

"The Leave-Takers’" tells a story of hope

Steven Wingate, associate professor of English, celebrated a one-year milestone since his most recent book, “The Leave-Takers,” was published by the University of Nebraska Press in March 2021.