Welcome to the English Department at Marshall University

A degree in English equips students with the critical thinking, writing, and presentation skills necessary for success in a fast-paced and ever-evolving world. We offer a flexible program that encourages students to pursue a wide range of interests, in literature, film, linguistics, English education, and creative writing. Our courses also provide opportunities to expand on and augment the good work done in other fields. All of our courses are designed to hone writing and thinking skills, and to prepare students for successful professional lives.

Students completing a B.A. or M.A. in English have successfully gone on to graduate programs in literary studies, linguistics, creative writing, and law. We count among our graduates professional and technical writers, editors, broadcast journalists, published authors, and a number of award-winning educators at all teaching levels.

On this site, you will find information about the English major, our faculty, and the various English degree programs (undergraduate and graduate). Please contact us for more information or if any of your questions remain unanswered. For updates, events, and other news, please follow us on Facebook. We hope to see you in the department soon.

In addition to a wide variety of courses, the English department sponsors a number of events, publications, and organizations that allow our students opportunities in professionalization and exploration beyond the classroom.

The A. E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series invites noted authors to campus for monthly readings in the Spring and Fall Semesters. Recent visiting authors include Eula Biss, Jayne Anne Phillips, Donald Ray Pollock, and Afaa Michael Weaver.

Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society, is also a vibrant presence in the department and provides English majors with publication and presentation opportunities at the national level.

Et Cetera, the literary journal of Marshall University, is edited by students and showcases the fantastic work of students currently attending Marshall. A number of editorial positions are available each year, and the magazine sponsors many events—open mic readings, launch parties, and community service activities—that are always popular with our majors.

Thanks to the generosity of the Maier Foundation, the William J. Maier Writing Awards are given annually to students enrolled in English classes at Marshall University. These awards are offered to students who excel in freshman composition, upper-division and graduate exposition, as well as poetry, non-fiction, and fiction categories.