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The Department of English has two primary goals: to teach you to write clearly and effectively and to help you develop an understanding of language and literature and the ways in which they inform our lives. To reach these goals, the Department offers a broad variety of classes and programs for students at all levels, from introductory composition courses designed for first-year students to specialized upper-level courses in literature, language, creative writing, professional writing, and journalism.

Programs of Study

The Department offers three degrees in English and two minors: a minor in Creative Writing and a minor in Journalism. At ESU, you can earn a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in English, and a Master of Arts in English. In addition, you can select Journalism as a second teaching field in the BSE (with any major) or as a minor.

Undergraduate students majoring in English or other fields may also elect to focus on creative writing and choose from several courses in fiction, poetry, and even screenwriting. Graduate students may focus on literature, creative writing, or a special concentration in rhetoric and composition designed for students seeking a career in secondary or community college teaching.

Extracurricular Activities & Support

Supporting students outside of class is important to ESU's Department of English. The Writing Center is available to assist students with all parts of writing papers and several societies provide extracurricular activities. ESU's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, promotes student interaction and philanthropy. Students are encouraged to share their creative writing with peers in Quivira, and The Best of ESU celebrates excellence in writing campus-wide. The Flint Hills Review is an annual publication with a national circulation focusing each issue on a particular interest in region, including regions of place, regions of ethnicity, regions of gender, and regions of memory.

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