English Department
Weld Hall 216, (218) 477-2235
Michael McCord
Faculty: Kevin Carollo, Lin Enger, Laura Fasick, Yahya Frederickson, Susan Imbarrato, Elizabeth Kirchoff, Michael McCord, Liz Rowse, Kevin Zepper, Richard Zinober.

The Department of English offers majors in English, English and Mass Communications, and Communication Arts and Literature Education. Areas of emphasis are in Literature and Writing. Minors offered are in English and English writing. Certificate offered in Professional Writing.

Requirements for majors, dual majors, and minors in English are set forth in detail below. Anyone who wishes to major or minor in English must see the chairperson and be assigned an advisor. Because of the significant number of electives permitted, English majors and minors must consult their advisors each semester to plan programs which are both academically acceptable and personally satisfying. English 300, Introduction to Literary Studies, is a prerequisite to all core courses.

The B.A. and B.S. (teaching) programs presently have similar core requirements; but among the other differences, the B.S. program includes coursework prescribed by the Minnesota State Board of Education for a teaching major in English on the secondary level.

Students intending to pursue graduate study are advised to take more than the minimum number of 300 and 400-level courses. They are also advised to make themselves proficient in at least one foreign language.

Only English courses in which a student has earned “C-” or higher will be accepted to fulfill requirements within the major.

All majors will take one designated Capstone seminar, preferably in their senior year, which serves as a culminating course for their academic study in English. Literature majors will take English 330. Writing majors will take Engl 488 as their Capstone seminar. Communication Arts/Literature Education majors take English 491. All students should consult with their advisors for help in selecting an appropriate Capstone course.

Certificate in Professional Writing
The Certificate in Professional Writing provides the opportunity for students, professionals, and business people to enhance their communication skills and credentials with a special emphasis on coursework tailored to their work settings and careers. The Certificate in Professional Writing is designed for students pursuing or holding a bachelor's degree from MSUM or an equivalent university.