The Department of English at Western Michigan University gives students the opportunity to study literature, writing, and rhetoric in a supportive and engaging intellectual community of faculty and peers.

English majors and minors are encouraged to pursue their interests under the direction of dedicated and accomplished faculty mentors both inside and outside the classroom, and can choose from a range of programs and courses offerings in the areas of literature, creative writing and professional writing. Students will enhance their close reading and analytical skills as they encounter the pleasures and possibilities found in reading literary works of aesthetic and cultural value.

A major or minor in English enables students to develop critical awareness that prepares them for careers in the areas of teaching, law, business, publishing, writing and administration, and most importantly lays the foundation for a lifelong engagement with the versatility, power, and beauty of language.


The undergraduate program in the Department of English at Western Michigan University focuses on the study of English language and literature, writing and English education. You will gain and develop skills in analyzing texts, communicating through the written and spoken word and in thinking critically—all important skills in the work place and for life in general. Well-read individuals who can reason, persuade and communicate will be more fulfilled personally and will make better citizens of the world.

Our three majors and four minors are designed to offer a variety of approaches to the study of English. If you do not plan on majoring or minoring in English, we welcome you to try some English classes as a way to expand your liberal arts education at WMU.



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Our large and vibrant department is home to nearly 120 graduate students, many of whom are supported by teaching or research assistantships. In a typical year our graduate students compile a record of publications, productions, presentations and prizes that testifies to their impressive abilities as writers, scholars and teachers.

The Department of English at Western Michigan University offers a Master of Arts, a Master of Fine Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy. Areas of specialization include:

  • Creative writing
  • English education
  • Literature and language

Our English graduate degrees do not require a GRE.  

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