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Department of English

We give form and birth to knowledge and meaning through the written and oral word. The field of English within the university is concerned with the study and practice of writing. Students examine literary or creative work through genre, period, nationality, and author studies, and practice it in creative writing courses. They examine expository or non-literary writing through usage, structure, and rhetorical theory, and practice it in composition and expository writing classes.

Students intending to major in English, whether in literature, teaching, or writing, should declare their intentions by the beginning of their junior year. English majors are encouraged to study an additional language and to participate in a junior year study abroad program such as Eurospring. All University students are introduced to college-level writing through the College Writing sequence and are encouraged to take other English courses.

Note: Transfer students planning to major in English must take a minimum of 11 semester credits of courses from the Bemidji State University English major, including at least two 3000- or 4000-level courses. All requirements for the major must be met. In addition, the Department of English strongly recommends that one writing course beyond the College Writing sequence be taken at Bemidji State.

Career Directions

  • Writer/Editor/Copy Editor for magazines, newspapers, publishers, corporations, industry, institutions, and government agencies
  • Writer/Editor for commercial and government news media and Web production
  • Public Information Specialist/Publicist/Communications specialist for corporations, industry, institutions, and government agencies
  • Related career positions requiring skills in critical thinking and writing
  • English teacher in secondary education
  • Graduate study should also be considered