Why Study English?
If you love books, movies, popular culture, and the digital world, let the English Department show you how to channel your passions into a career that matters. We are technical communicators and creative writers, rhetoricians and folklorists, composition scholars and teacher educators, literary critics and public intellectuals. In our classes you'll see the world through new eyes, ponder big questions about social justice, and prepare for careers in technical writing, the arts, education, law or business, as you hone the skills employers most want: writing, communications, and critical thinking. Click to learn more about our undergraduate major emphases in Creative Writing, English Teaching, Literature, and Technical Communication & Rhetoric. Learn more about our Folklore Minor and affiliated major in American Studies, and our MA, MS, and Ph.D. graduate programs.
Commitment to Diversity
The Department of English at Utah State University is a diverse community of teachers, scholars, and students who work together towards a better understanding of the English language and its manifestation in literature, writing, and culture. Our engagement with stories, texts, and communicative practices from across places, time periods, and discourse communities leads us to value a wide range of perspectives. Accordingly, our community is committed to inclusion and welcomes people of all abilities, ages, ethnicities, gender identities and expressions, nationalities, races, religions, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds. We believe that engagement with diverse viewpoints through a free and respectful exchange of ideas makes us better thinkers, communicators, problem-solvers, and citizens. Please see our complete Statement on Diversity.
Panel Discussion on Race and Representation
Necessary Risks: A Conversation about Race and Representation in Art
Monday, Marach 8th at 3:00 pm.
Join us for an intimate conversation with three writers as they consider when and how to highlight intersections of identity in their literary art. In this panel discussion, Necessary Risks: A Conversation about Race and Representation in Art, Utah poet laureate, Paisley Rekdal, will reflect on her latest book, Appropriate: A Provocation, a work that considers the thorny issues around cultural appropriation. She will be joined by poet and memoirist Natasha Saje whose book, Terroir, focuses on the immigrant experience in relation to ideas of place, and Jacqueline Balderrama, poet and author of Now in Color, a multigenerational exploration of the Mexican-American experience. The panel promises to be urgent, complex, and grounded in the way the literary arts create unique spaces for such investigations.
This event is sponsored by the Utah Humanities Council, the Utah State University English Department, and the Center for Intersectional Gender Studies & Research at Utah State University. Save the date for this Zoom webinar panel on Monday, March 8th at 3 p.m; link coming soon.
African American American Read-In
The 2021 National African American Read-In (AARI) begins February 1. AARI is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. It was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month.
Although gathering in person to celebrate may not be a possibility, schools, churches, libraries, bookstores, and community and professional organizations are organizing virtual events for this year's AARI. Event organizers can even register to have their celebration listed on the NCTE website by completing this form. Sharing activities on social media is encouraged using the hashtag #AARI21. NCTE also offers a list of recommended texts for the AARI celebration on Bookshop.org as well as a Toolkit: https://ncte.org/get-involved/african-american-read-in-toolkit/.
In English 3510, Teaching Young Adult Literature, students are reading award-winning books, Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo and Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. In addition, they are recording their reading of selections from African American literature, choosing passages of significance to them.
"Women, Surrealism, and Abstraction" Exhibit at NEHMA
Several current and former English Department members wrote ekphrastic poems for the “Women, Surrealism, and Abstraction” exhibit, now on display at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, through July 31, 2021. The poems are posted near the works of art in the museum and are available on an audio tour. The text and the audio are also available online at https://artmuseum.usu.edu/exhibitions/women-surrealism-abstraction. Poets include Senior Lecturer and Logan City Poet Laureate Shanan Ballam, Lecturer Mary Ellen Greenwood, Adjunct Instructor Brittney Allen, Professor Emeritus Anne Shifrer, former grad student Terysa Dyer, current undergraduate students Jordan Forest, Lauren McKinnon, and Janelle Schroder, and recent Logan High graduate Taylor Fang.