Department of English

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Degrees in English

Programs

Majoring or minoring in English brings you to know the world and to be able to position yourself within it.

Research shows the reliability of majoring in English for both career advancement and quality of life. Employers commonly promote English majors even beyond those technically trained in order to draw on their understanding of people and writing and communication skills for administration and management positions.

St. Cloud State’s Department of English features one of the nation’s strongest writing center traditions, an internationally-recognized Teaching English as a Second Language and linguistics program, distinctive teaching by faculty who all have advanced degrees and are committed to the classroom, opportunities to study alongside master’s degree students and benefit from their expertise, and a culture of writing in which to immerse yourself.

Contact the department to reach an adviser: 320-308-3061 or english@stcloudstate.edu

BA degrees

  • English Studies — Opens access to courses across creative and professional writing, literature, linguistics.
  • Creative Writing — Writing as craft, preparation for publishing and professional writing.
  • Linguistics — Study of language itself with strong preparation for analytic work, research, and ability to teach language.
  • Literature — Building insight into worlds of possibility and humans’ inner lives, for centuries recognized as preparing graduates for effective work and leadership. Read everything you want to read and hone your perception through writing.
  • Professional Writing, Media, and Rhetoric — With faculty expert in digital media and the analytic frameworks enabled by training in rhetoric, this English concentration professionalizes graduates with adaptable skills.
  • Professional Communications — Online program involving English, Mass Communications and Communication Studies courses 

Graduate programs

The Department of English offers Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees and certificates at the graduate level.

Teaching licenses

Minors

Expanding your major to the dimensions an English minor can add to your portfolio: awareness of language and point of view, skills in working with texts, a knowledge base from reading, and from writing across fields and media forms.