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College of Arts and Letters | Michigan State University

The Department of English at Michigan State University provides students with an excellent education in the liberal arts—one that strikes an ideal balance between creativity and critical inquiry. Undergraduate and graduate students, whether planning to enter professional or academic job markets after graduation, leave with skills allowing them to communicate, collaborate, and problem solve in a cultural landscape growing increasingly global.

Student–faculty interaction is at the center of our department. At present, more than 40 faculty members dedicate themselves to teaching excellence and outstanding scholarship. Faculty areas of specialization are wide-ranging and encompass literary periods and genres, language studies, critical theory, new media studies, cultural studies, film studies, and creative writing.

Our students develop exceptional writing skills. And, because they are exposed to a variety of learning experiences and faculty members who offer disparate perspectives, they acquire the know-how to confront large-scale issues and effect change around the world.


Faculty Publications

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Upcoming Events

Click on any of the posters below for information! For more events check out our department calendar.

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16 May 2014
Free and open to the public! To register, email Justus Neiland ( before July 11. The “Expanded Writing” symposium assembles a small group of leading scholars, artists, and poets whose work and practice dovetails with the ques…
02 Apr 2014
This symposium will explore the creative and tactical integration of digital media and new technologies through such diverse topics as new African cinema, media creation and distribution in South East Asia and South America, and cinemas that engage a mino…
31 Mar 2014
The Departments of English, Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities and African American and African Studies are pleased to welcome Dr. Yomaira Figueroa to Michigan State in the fall of 2014. Dr. Figueroa has been hired for the position in African and A…
31 Mar 2014
Kristina Persenaire won the 2014 Somers Excellence in Teaching Award for your outstanding performance as an instructor of IAH courses at Michigan State University. The Somers Award recognizes teaching assistants who have exhibited a commitment to excelle…

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Contact us:

Michigan State University Department of English
Wells Hall C614
619 Red Cedar Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 355-7570