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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 

Important Dates

Nov 23-Dec 10 Classes delivered remotely

Nov 25-27 Thanksgiving Holiday

Dec 14-18 Fall Semester Final Exams

Jan 19 First Day of Spring Semester

The Bull Pen

All meetings are held via Zoom, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Contact for more info.

Nov 23 Closing Social

"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.

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

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