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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.


Upcoming Events

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25 Mar 2015
A one-night interactive exhibit at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum will feature student generated art that bridges painting and poetry. The special installation is designed to engage viewers across the visual ability spectrum. Blind and sighted guests…
18 Mar 2015
Anna Goodson, an undergraduate studying poetry here at MSU will be presenting a poetry reading of both original works and poems that have inspired her on March 22nd at 2pm. The performance will be followed by a Q&A session. Her work is influenced by t…
05 Mar 2015
Jacqueline Woodson, author of more than 30 highly-acclaimed books for children and young adults, is coming to Michigan State University! She will be speaking at the Kiva in the College of Education (Erickson Hall, 620 Farm Lane) at 7 p.m. on March 19. Th…
03 Mar 2015
Robin Silbergleid will read from her collection Frida Kahlo, My Sister, discuss ekphrasis (the phenomenon of one form of art commenting on another) in her work, and conduct a workshop on using visual art as inspiration for poetry. The event is part of the…

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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