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
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.
Last week, MSUM hosted Minnesota’s Senate Capital Investment Committee, whose members were on campus to learn more about our planned renovation of Weld Hall.
Thanks to a collaboration between the Women’s Center and the College of Business, Analytics and Communication, five MSUM students had the opportunity to attend their National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) virtually earlier this spring.
You will find ample opportunities to hone your writing style and expand your literary repertoire through a variety of academic and extracurricular experiences.