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The study of literature and language

is fundamental to any education. 
Not only does it provide familiarity with the literary works that shape cultural heritage and the structure, history, and use of the language, but it also develops the ability to think analytically, to write effectively, and to consider various points of view. 

Resources for Students

Information for Future and Current Students
Since its inception in the 1960s, the English Department at Oklahoma State University has attracted and served students with a diversity of interests. It offers a variety of courses, most of them small lectures and discussion classes. The curriculum supports intensive study in specific areas but allows students to combine them according to their own professional goals.

Areas of Specialization

Creative Writing

Our Creative Writing program gives talented students of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction the opportunity to learn the art together in a supportive community with highly accomplished faculty.
(BA, MFA, PhD)

Literature

The Literature Graduate Program in English begins with a course in the fundamentals of research and bibliography. Working closely with their advisory committee, students devise an individualized curriculum that reflects their own intellectual interests.
(BA, MFA, PhD)

Rhetoric and Writing Studies

The Rhetoric and Writing Studies (RWS) program offers courses and hands-on experiences that ensure students gain depth and breadth of knowledge in areas such as professional writing, composition and rhetoric, and digital studies. 
(BA with an option in Professional Writing, MA, PhD)

Screen Studies

The Screen Studies program incorporates film studies, television studies, and studies in new media. The program’s most distinctive feature is the special emphasis that we give to theoretical questions about the moving image—questions that do not in any way abandon historical reflection, but instead understand history and theory as necessarily related enterprises.
(BA, MA, PhD)

Teaching English as a Second Language & Linguistics

The TESOL & Linguistics program provides professional training in descriptive and applied linguistics, methods of teaching English as a second language, materials development, and second language testing. Students also participate in a supervised internship program in ESL and may focus on either Applied Linguistics or Sociolinguistics.
(TESOL Certificate, MA with an option in TESOL, PhD)

Research

Research is central to The English Department. Travel funding opportunities are available on a competitive basis to support conference presentations and archival research. Our program is further distinguished by the fact that English department faculty edit field-leading journals with the assistance of advanced graduate students. These include Milton Quarterly, American Indian Quarterly, Journal of Linguistic Geography, and The Cimmaron Review. Our graduate students regularly publish and present scholarly and creative works in journals and at conferences across the country and around the world. Our students also benefit from a wide of range of interdisciplinary centers and institutes on campus.

Get To Know Us

Faculty

The Department of English is formed by nationally and internationally recognized faculty. In all of our degree programs, students collaborate with their advisors to create individualized programs of study reflecting their own intellectual and creative interests while working towards their unique professional goals.

 

Faculty

Administration and Program Directors

Faculty Governance

Staff

Friendly Department of English staff are ready to help you navigate your study at OSU. 

 

Staff

Department Contact List (Fall 2022)

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