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Message from the Director

Jason McEntee
Jason McEntee, Director of English and Interdisciplinary Studies

Welcome to the School of English and Interdisciplinary Studies at South Dakota State University.

Our distinguished faculty in English teach a wide range of diverse and engaging classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, ranging from American and British literature, literary theory, linguistics, creative writing, professional and technical writing, women's and gender studies and film studies—to name just a few.

The Interdisciplinary Studies major presents students with a comprehensive way of thinking and problem-solving that requires applying skills and knowledge gained from diverse fields of study. In this program, students combine elements of traditional academic programs in business, the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences in order to fulfill unique career and educational aspirations.

In addition to offering the Bachelor of Arts degree in English and the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies, our school also offers minors in English, Film Studies, Professional Writing, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. We also offer the Master of Arts degree in English and the Master of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Many of our graduate students also hold teaching assistantships.

Our school also facilitates the university’s Writing Center, which is housed in the Hilton M. Briggs Library. Focusing on helping people become better writers, the center’s staff provides individualized tutoring sessions to the entire SDSU community.

The English Club provides our majors with a wide variety of activities and opportunities for volunteer work. Most recently, we have held a Frankenstein film festival, volunteered to read children’s books to local elementary schools, and participated in the Hobo Day parade.

I am a proud two-time graduate of SDSU, and I am always happy to visit with prospective students and parents. Should you wish to do so, or if you need additional information about our programs, please contact the school directly by telephone at 605-688-5191 or by email.


Jason McEntee, Director and Professor
BA, English Education, SDSU, ‘94
MA, English, SDSU, ‘98
Ph.D., English (American literature and film studies), U. of Kentucky, ‘04