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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)


The Literature program embraces the centuries-long history and diversity of literatures in English, offering unique courses and research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students who want to deepen their literary knowledge and develop their critical reading and writing skills.
(BA, MA, 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 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, The Cimarron Review, Advances in CALL Research and Practice, and Frontier Mosaic. 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


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.



Administration and Program Directors

Faculty Governance


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



Department Contact List (Fall 2023)



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