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

  • Creative writing
  • English education
  • Literature and language

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.

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