Our Mission

The mission of the English Department at North Dakota State University is to cultivate understanding, knowledge, and appreciation of the English language, its speakers and writers, and its literatures and cultures, such that students and department members use the language creatively, critically, and effectively to participate ethically in civic and professional life.

We offer three minors, in creative writing, literature, and writing studies; a BA and BS degree in English; a BA and BS in English Education (in cooperation with the School of Education); an MA in English; and a PhD in Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture. Please explore this web site to get more information about these degrees.

Majors, minors, and students looking for a great General Education or an elective course have opportunities to explore such subjects as British, American, and World literatures; rhetoric, composition, writing and literacy studies; English Education; professional and technical writing; creative writing; and linguistics.

  • Rooted in the liberal arts and humanities, the study of literature fosters creative and critical abilities, promotes multiculturalism and tolerance in a globalized world, and fosters understanding of cultural, historical, ethical, aesthetic, and linguistic forces that shape our lives
  • Effective writing makes social and professional engagement possible. The study of rhetoric, composition, literacy, and professional writing enhances facilities in writing, communication, and technology much valued by local communities, industry, and organizations.
  • Creative writing merges an interest in literary studies with the art of writing, providing a hands-on experience of literature, encouraging students to create literary texts in a variety of media and genres, and emphasizing the power of the individual to respond to human experience in a changing world.
  • The study of linguistics cultivates an appreciation for the English language, its history, conventions, structures, and uses.

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