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Why English?

  • 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.

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.