​​​At the undergraduate level, the department offers B.A. and B.S.  degrees and B.S. in Education degrees in several concentrations as both a major and a minor, including world literature and creative writing.

Non-teaching careers for English Majors include: writing/editing, publishing, public relations, law, business and industry, grant writing, banking and many others.  Skills and knowledge acquired through the study of English include the ability to:

  • adapt ideas, analyze complex ideas,
  • argue logically,
  • communicate accurately, clearly, concisely and coherently,
  • define, design and direct projects,
  • gather information,
  • generate ideas,
  • influence and persuade,
  •  inform and explain, interpret instructions,
  •  justify decisions,
  • question conventions,
  • read for tone,
  • rewrite and edit,
  • summarize information and synthesize ideas from multiple sources. 

At the graduate level, the department offers M.A. degrees in four specializations: (1) English Language and Literature, which now includes options in  (2) Creative Writing or (3) Children's Literature;  and (4) Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Faculty in the department are active in a number of areas, producing literary works as well as doing research in literature, linguistics, and pedagogical theory.​

Contact Us

To learn more about CMU's undergraduate English programs, contact:

Department of English Language and Literature
Anspach Hall 215
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48859
Telephone: (989) 774-3171

Or email english@cmich.edu

For an application to a graduate program, contact:

College of Graduate Studies