The English Department is the home of a rich variety of interrelated disciplines. The department's diversity is reflected in the range of degrees offered: the BA, BS, and BES (bachelor of elective studies) at the baccalaureate level and the MA and MS at the graduate level. Students entering courses in the English Department will find opportunities in literary studies; rhetorical studies; linguistics; pedagogical studies, including Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL); cultural, cross-cultural, and historical studies of literature and language; theoretical perspectives on literature and language; and practical applications of language in professional, business, and political environments. In each of these diverse areas of study, students will come to a greater understanding of the crucial role of language in constructing meaning, building community, negotiating social, political, and economic goals, and clarifying and articulating ethical and aesthetic values - and, indeed, attempting to glimpse the spiritual meaning of human experience.
The English Department is not only multidisciplinary within its own walls; faculty in the department have strong teaching and other professional collaborations with colleagues in other departments, and students are encouraged to gain cross-disciplinary experience and perspectives as well, through minors, second majors, or other thoughtfully selected course work. English students are also encouraged to experiment with applications of their coursework in venues outside the classroom through internships and volunteer positions.
English students at St. Cloud State University, then, are nurturing essential skills both for living and for making a living. In local, regional, and national surveys, employers continually rank communication skills at the top when asked to list job qualifications. Sensitivity for subtle nuance in language, skill in reading text, people, and relationships, appreciation of ambiguity, and creative and critical habits of thought are the hallmarks of a good English student. These are exactly the vocational skills for the information economy of the Twenty-First Century. Hence, well-prepared English majors and minors can expect to be successful in careers across the entire range of the economy as long as they also have the specific technical qualifications required.
Within the BA track, the department offers five different options: first, a general baccalaureate degree in English Studies allowing for greater flexibility within and exploration of all English fields, from creative writing, linguistics, and literary studies through rhetoric and applied writing. Majors may also elect an emphasis or concentration in one of the four areas - literature, rhetoric and applied writing, creative writing, or linguistics. In addition to these major programs, the department offers a BA minor in English Studies as well as minors in creative writing, in linguistics, and in rhetorical and applied writing.
- B.A. - General English
- B.A. - Literature
- B.A. - Creative Writing
- B.A. - Linguistics
- B.A. - Rhetoric and Writing
- B.S. - Communication Arts and Literature (teaching)
- B.A. Minors
- General English STudies
- Creative Writing
- Rhetoric and Writing
- B.S. Minor
Advising information for students is also available online.
A year-by-year licensure planner is available for the Communications Arts and Literature major.
The Department of English offers the following graduate programs:
- M.A. - English
- M.S. - English
- M.A. - TESL Emphasis
- Licensure in TESL
- M.A. - Rhetoric and Writing
The Graduate Handbook for Students and Advisers (2006-2007) has important information for English graduate students.
Handbook for Teaching Assistants - Important/Required information for Teaching Assistants of ENGL 191.