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Department of English Language and Literature

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Undergraduate Degrees

​​​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. 
The department also offers undergraduate certificates in Creative Writing, Technical & Professional Writing, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). These certificates can be applied to any major or degree.

Graduate Degrees

At the graduate level, the department offers M.A. degrees in five areas: (1) English Composition and Communication, (2) Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and (3) English Language and Literature, with specializations in (4) Creative Writing or (5) Children's and Young Adult Literature.

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.​

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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

For an application to a graduate program, contact:

College of Graduate Studies