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English as an academic discipline encompasses the study of literature, literary/cultural theory, creative writing professional writing, and linguistics.

Great skills

In English courses, students develop strong critical thinking and analytical skills; they learn to read with interpretative power and write with fluency, power and precision; and they apply a variety of research strategies and methods. All of these skills make our graduates ideal candidates for a variety of jobs.

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Getting involved

English has several vibrant student organizations that allow students to celebrate their love of English language and literatures, serve the English department and the university community, and gain valuable experience. NOTA produces the creative writing and arts magazine by the same name composed entirely of student work. English Fest, our events organizing group, hosts several events throughout the year including presentations by visiting scholars and creative writers, career events, and more. Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society, gives students opportunities to present and publish their work and to serve the community through book drives, writing contests, and more. The English Ambassadors promote the department at majors fairs, mentor new students, and serve as student liaisons to the department.

Internship, tutoring and research opportunities

The English Department’s Writing Internship program allows students to refine their communication skills and gain valuable professional experience working in local business and nonprofit organizations, including Mayo Clinic Health Systems, Royal Credit Union, JAMF software, Western Dairyland Cooperative and others. Other opportunities with similar benefits include tutoring in the Center for Writing Excellence, and participating in faculty-student collaborative research projects.

English Class


– literature
– creative writing
– linguistics
– scientific and technical
– teaching,
   Early Adolescent and
   Adolescent (formerly
   grades 6-12)

Comprehensive majors

– teaching,
   Early Adolescent and
   Adolescent (formerly
   grades 6-12)


– literature
– creative writing
– scientific and technical
– teaching, Early
   Adolescent and
   Adolescent (formerly
   grades 6-12)
Interdisciplinary language studies minor

Suggested freshman curriculum

– University Writing
   on placement exam
   For test out options, see
– 200-level literature
– Introduction to Texts
– Foreign language


Special admission notes

English majors should consult with their faculty advisers as early as possible to build an effective plan for their specific program (i.e. teaching, literature, linguistics, or writing).

– Math requirement
– GE courses
More advising information

Our graduates

English Department graduates work in a variety of careers and industries as technical writers, editors, research assistants, librarians, freelance writers, public relations officers, managers, fundraisers, English teachers, reading specialists, legal assistants. Some graduates further their education going to graduate school in linguistics, creative writing, literature, rhetoric and composition, law and education.
More career information

Places you’ll find recent graduates:

– MFA candidate,
   University of Iowa’s
   Writers’ Workshop
– Technical Writer,
   JAMF Software
– English Teacher,
   Chippewa Falls
   School District,
   Chippewa Falls, WI
– Library and Branch
   Supervisor, Marathon
   County Public Library

Department contact information

Carmen Manning

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