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  • English at the University of Minnesota, Morris

    English faculty member and poet Athena Kildegaard speaks at the EcoStation Dedication (2015)

  • English at the University of Minnesota, Morris

    Sigma Tau Delta members arrange a Briggs Library book display, 2016 (photo by Angie Stangl)

  • English at the University of Minnesota, Morris

    Professor Brad Deane's recent work featured at the Celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments (2014)

  • English at the University of Minnesota, Morris

    UMM and UMTC students in Dublin during the Irish Texts and Contexts study abroad course, 2014 (photo by Julie Eckerle)

  • English at the University of Minnesota, Morris

    An English major presents her work at the Fall 2015 Senior Symposium

  • English at the University of Minnesota, Morris

    English alum and current editor of The Morris Sun Tribune Kim Ukura moderates a discussion at the annual Prairie Gate Literary Festival (2015)

  • English at the University of Minnesota, Morris

    English faculty at the end of the Commencement ceremony.

  • Professor Vicki Graham, English, with creative writing students.

    Professor Vicki Graham, English, with creative writing students.

  • Two English majors (on far left & right) conversed with novelists Sherry Jones, Rebecca Kanner, and Anita Diamant after an Institute of Advanced Studies event in the Twin Cities.

    Two English majors (on far left & right) conversed with novelists Sherry Jones, Rebecca Kanner, and Anita Diamant after an Institute of Advanced Studies event in the Twin Cities.

  • Associate Professor Janet Ericksen moderates a discussion with UMM English alumni.

    Associate Professor Janet Ericksen moderates a discussion with UMM English alumni.

  • English major hard at work at Briggs Library.

    English major hard at work at Briggs Library.

English At Morris

Intellectual independence; clear, confident expression; broad perspectives—these are the qualities the English discipline at Morris cultivates in students, and they are prerequisites for distinction in literary pursuits. They provide the foundation for success after graduation in any field, and are, not surprisingly, attributes of a life engaged fully.

The English discipline combines a faculty of dedicated and accomplished writers and scholars with a curriculum that offers both focus and variety. Joan Didion described the artist Georgia O’Keefe as “clean of received wisdom and open to what she sees.” Clarity of vision and thought lead to excellence in writing and criticism, teaching and scholarship. The path is well marked, if challenging: read the best writing voraciously; listen keenly; think courageously.

Join the Conversation

Classes in the English Discipline are small, which promotes dialogue both more incisive and more comfortable than is possible in larger classes. The benefits are nuanced conversations among peers, time for investigations of unexpected discoveries, and a more profound understanding of subject matter.

Make It Your Own

English students choose from a wide variety of electives more than half of the courses that make up their major and often work with faculty to shape programs of study that focus in-depth on topics that interest them. Students can choose electives to emphasize, for instance, multicultural literature or medieval literature or creative writing. Study abroad is strongly encouraged and can usually be quite easily included in the curriculum. The English faculty’s own research interests yield a wide array of possibilities for students to pursue, and the faculty work closely with students to develop a course of study that responds to individual goals and aspirations.

Course of Action

Morris English students and faculty are among the most active on campus. There are ample opportunities for students to publish in campus journals, share their work at readings, participate in community outreach or other programs, and explore contemporary and evolving subjects through cross-disciplinary offerings.

“Only connect.”

English is also a powerful complement to other disciplines. In the practice of law, for instance, clear arguments demand clear writing. Persuasive prose will win cases, but will also win in the court of ideas which shapes our culture. Graduates of the English Discipline at Morris have entered diverse fields. What they share is an appreciation of how valuable the critical thinking and communication skills they mastered at Morris have proved in their careers.

On the Road

Morris English students have enjoyed uncommon success after graduation, entering the ranks of journalists, writers, editors, publishers, lawyers, teachers and other professions. Many have pursued advanced study in MFA and PhD programs at highly regarded institutions, such as Notre Dame, Ohio State University, Indiana University and many others.