All professional careers require the ability to read analytically and write well. An English degree at MSU Moorhead cultivates the arts of reading and writing. You will explore imaginative works of literature, perform critical analysis within the literary tradition, and stimulate a love of writing that promotes professional skill. You will be challenged to read, write and think in a sophisticated and critical fashion.
New Rivers Press, located on the MSUM campus, publishes the best literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry written by new and emerging authors from around Minnesota and the world. Students like you are integral to every facet of the publishing house, getting hands-on experience in all areas of publishing.
With one-third of all technical writing positions vacant in this country, opportunities for professional writers is vast. This unique certificate prepares you for careers in technical communication by helping you develop clear and concise writing skills that are appropriate for your audience and market.
The English degree requires only 39 credits for graduation, fewer than many other degree programs at MSUM. This degree requirement gives you versatility to add an additional major to your studies or to creatively choose electives that meet your desired area of interest.
You’ll develop close relationships with your professors who will talk with you for hours about the themes of your favorite books like The Hunger Games, Moby Dick or the Harry Potter series, just to name a few. The same is true if you’re interested in poetry.
English Student Success Stories
English and Mass Communications student Jonathan Ness's toy photography hobby provides a creative outlet and captures the attention of local news, professors and fellow students alike.
Meet Dayna Del Val, a proud Dragon with strong ties to MSUM and a passion for the arts in our community. The 1995 theatre graduate is the President & CEO of The Arts Partnership and has served on the MSUM Foundation board of directors since June 2020.
Visual Journalist Shari Gross is on staff at the Star Tribune, which won a Pulitzer Prize this year. Their coverage of the George Floyd murder and the reverberations that followed will make a difference in that community and beyond.
You will find ample opportunities to hone your writing style and expand your literary repertoire through a variety of academic and extracurricular experiences.