We foster the study of language and literature — particularly literature in English and the English language — and all the artistic and practical ramifications of that study. While the department's teaching and scholarship center on the written word, we recognize the interconnectedness of writing and speech and therefore consider oral language an aspect of the department's mission. The department further considers as central to its mission the training of professionals (teachers, writers, and editors) capable of functioning effectively within a broad range of linguistic, cultural, and discourse communities.
English majors are skilled in writing, reading, and research. They are resourceful and creative, they define and manage projects, and they work independently. As a result, they find employment in many different careers that rely on strong reading and writing skills. Examples include writing, editing, journalism, corporate communications, publishing, teaching, marketing and advertising, public relations, website or system design, law, and more.
"There are quite a few things that make the Tech Comm Program at MN State Mankato special. First of all, the quality of education is excellent..."
"The English Education program is special because it encourages students to be themselves and provides them with skills that they can use in and out of their chosen careers..."
"What I love about the English Department is how the faculty are invested in their students and making sure that they are doing well..."
Our English Programs prepare students for a wide variety of careers, including middle and high school English teaching, freelance writing, literary publishing and editing, and technical and professional writing, publishing, and editing.