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The English department offers the Bachelor of Arts degree with specializations in English, English Education, and Writing, as well as the Master of Arts degree in English, which can be earned either on campus or online. In addition, we offer undergraduate minors in English and Professional Writing. Our faculty specialize in British and American literature, juvenile literature, ethnic literatures, women’s writing, creative writing, rhetoric, composition, professional and technical writing, legal writing, publishing and editing, literary and cultural theory, film studies, and peace and conflict studies.

The English department houses the refereed journal Victorian Periodicals Review, hosts the annual Great Plains Writers Conference, and sponsors the student-published literary and art magazine Oakwood, which features the work of authors and artists from the Midwestern region. We have also hosted or will host several academic conferences, including the Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature (2016), the conference of the Midwestern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (2018), and The Space Between: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945 (2019). The English department sponsors English Club, a student activity group for students in English, and regularly organizes events for our majors, minors, and the larger university community. This includes our recent Fall Frankenstein Film Festival, a celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's classic novel.

Oakwood Launch