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About the Department

With the department's small class sizes and nationally acclaimed faculty members, students studying English at Utah State University acquire the skills needed to thrive in a technologically and culturally complex world. Students learn how to present their ideas persuasively and communicate effectively with others, conduct cultural and historical analysis, create literary works, and formulate well-reasoned conclusions. By studying language, students develop competency in the areas most valued by employers, including critical thinking, teamwork, and oral and written communication. Our graduates frequently go on to successful careers in writing, editing, law, teaching, journalism, and advertising, among others.

The English department is the largest humanities unit in the university, offering undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees covering a broad curriculum in literature, creative writing, English education, folklore, and technical writing. English majors at USU have several pathways to engage in writing and research opportunities on campus and to gain individualized attention from scholar-teachers. For instance, the department houses several scholarly and creative publications, research labs, writing contests and performances, as well as student clubs and organizations. 

Faculty in the department contribute extensively to University Studies by offering English 1010 (Introduction to Writing: Academic Prose) and 2010 (Intermediate Writing: Research Writing in a Persuasive Mode) in both face-to-face and online formats as well as an array of Breadth and Depth courses in literature, writing, and humanities for non-majors.