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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.


19 Dec 2014
This past Friday, December 12th, 2014, Kristin Clark Taylor, an MSU alum, received an honorary degree to celebrate her accomplished career....
19 Dec 2014
Various professors from the English department here at Michigan State University as well as numerous other faculty members from Universities around the nation have come together to produce a frequently updating blog as a place "for Black women writers and…
18 Oct 2014
Prof. Neuberger is a historian of modern Russia. Her talk will examine the film "Ivan the Terrible," commissioned in January 1941 by Stalin from the great Soviet director, Sergei Eisenstein. How do you make a movie about a murderous tyrant in a country ru…
14 Oct 2014
Kiese Laymon is a black southern writer, born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon attended Millsaps College and Jackson State University before graduating from Oberlin College. He earned an MFA from Indiana University and is the author of the novel…

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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