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Why English?

  • Music at the University of Minnesota, Morris

    Professor Janet Schrunk Ericksen congratulates a graduating English major.

  • Music at the University of Minnesota, Morris

    3 English alumni present their work at a conference in Milwaukee.

  • Music at the University of Minnesota, Morris

    English faculty at the end of the Commencement ceremony.

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    Students study in York for the “Life in a Medieval City” class.

  • Associate Professor Brook Miller at the 2013 Prairie Gate Literary Festival

    Associate Professor Brook Miller at the 2013 Prairie Gate Literary Festival.

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

    Professor Vicki Graham, English, with creative writing students.

  • English major hard at work at Briggs Library.

    English major hard at work at Briggs Library.

  • English major presents her work at the bi-annual Research Symposium, Dec. 2012

    English major presents her work at the bi-annual Research Symposium, Dec. 2012.

  • 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.

The English Discipline is one of the largest at the University of Minnesota, Morris, offering a curriculum to match. Some examples of the range of courses are: Writing Poetry for the 21st Century; Representations of American Indians in Popular and Academic Culture; Holocaust Literature and Film; The Environmental Imagination; Harlem Renaissance; Detection and Espionage in Fiction and Film; and Gender in Literature and Culture. Research seminars explore timely and historical topics in detail. Recent themes include:

The English major begins with surveys of American and British literature and a foundational skills course called Literary Studies. Typically, six electives from a combination of topical classes and seminars fill out the minimum coursework.

The English minor can be satisfied with 20 credits—for instance, two core survey classes and three others from a similar selection of that offered to majors.

Some students who wish to perfect their powers of language and communication take English as part of a double major, or include English in a personalized curriculum.