English students learn the flexible thinking, creativity, and empathy that the current job market demands and global citizenship requires. Our classes cultivate the adaptable skills of reading and writing, creative and literary thinking, analysis and research, and cutting-edge presentation skills.
The Creative Writing curriculum assumes that writing and reading are complementary activities, and so students in our programs read some of the best literary works of the past and present while exploring issues of craft and genre that will allow them to take their own writing to a new level.
The undergraduate English Education Program prepare students to teach in middle or high school English language arts classrooms. The graduate program builds the students’ expertise to meet credentialing requirements for teaching college level courses in composition and literature.
The English Literature and English Studies Program offers a robust background in British, American, and world literatures, with emphasis placed on critical thinking and written communication. These degree programs prepare students for careers in education, publishing, marketing, law, and administration.
The Humanities Program examines common issues, ideas, and themes that run throughout different cultures and throughout human history. Students will study the roles of human expression in shaping how individuals and cultures understand their connections to each other and to the world.
Our Rhetoric & Composition Program prepares writers, readers and thinkers to critically engage in academic and public discourse through academic, social, and digital written communication. We are committed to meeting the needs of our on-campus and online students through innovative curriculum development.
Our Technical Communication classes will teach you to communicate ideas and information effectively. We typically study how people communicate at work and we focus upon making documents that are clear, concise, accurate, thorough, and easy for the audience to use.
Our TESOL Program trains students to teach English learners in a variety of contexts, including higher education, K-12, and abroad. The program also prepares students for careers in non-teaching areas, such as language program administration, curriculum and assessment development, and support services.
The Academic Advising Office offers academic advising services to all students who are pursuing a major or minor within the College of Arts & Humanities.
Whether you read literature or write it, Good Thunder Reading Series offers ways to engage with our visiting writers through writing workshops, craft talks, and readings. All events are free and open to the public.
Learn more about our program and the opportunities that await our students, such as, student organizations, publications, forms, study abroad, internships, graduate funding, and more!
Composition plays an important role in a student’s General Education program and help students develop skills by providing a rich understanding of how writing works and extensive practice with the writing process.
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.