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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.

Learn more about what you can do with an English major

Learn more about our MA, MS, and Ph.D. graduate programs. 

English majors are eligible for Department of English scholarships.


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Upcoming Events 

USU Annual Art and Creative Writing Contest

Now accepting submissions for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art. Deadline is February 1 at 4 p.m. For submission guidelines, go to
CW Writing Contest 2021

Dr. Jeannie Thomas to deliver the William A. Wilson Folklore Archives 2021 Founder’s Lecture

Dr. Jeannie Thomas has been chosen to deliver the The William A Wilson Folklore Archives 2021 Founder’s Lecture by Brigham Young University on Friday, January 29th, 11:00-12:00.  In this lecture, "Honing Your Legend and Conspiracy Theory Detector: SLAP Testing Unverified Accounts," Dr. Thomas will speak about conspiracy theories including those surrounding COVID-19, Bill Gates, and the Denver Airport. 

Dr. Thomas, who served as Department Head in English from 2009 to 2020, is a Fellow of the American Folklore Society, and the author or co-author of several books including Putting the Supernatural in Its Place (2015); Haunting Experiences (2007); Naked Barbies, Warrior Joes, and Other Forms of Visible Gender (2003); and Featherless Chickens, Laughing Women, and Serious Stories (1997). 

More information and the Zoom link are available here

Dr. Phebe Jensen and Dr. Tammy Proctor, “Eating the Past”

Join Dr. Phebe Jensen, Professor of English and Interim Department Head, and Dr. Tammy Proctor, Professor and Department Head in History, on Thursday, January 28th, at 7:00, for the first in a four part series presented by the Department of History and Merrill-Cazier Special Collections on “Eating the Past.”  The series explores food and cooking in a historical context, as USU faculty prepare recipes selected from cookbooks in the USU Special Collections and Archives.   The presentations are free and open to the public. 

Zoom link for “Household Management and Cookery in Early Modern Europe,” Thursday, 1/28, at 7:00 PM.


"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  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.


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