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The English Department promotes passion for and knowledge of the English language. We teach students to read and write the English language with greater fluency, creativity, and accuracy. The Department offers three degrees in English: the B.A., the B.S.E., M.A.L.S. and the M.Ed. The B.A. degree is available in three concentrations: literature, creative writing, and philosophy. Students who receive the B.S.E. degree earn a Mississippi Class A Teaching License. The M.Ed. degree leads to a Mississippi Class AA Teaching License. The M.A.L.S degree is sometimes used to enter the teaching profession at a community college.

In fact, most of our graduates with an English degree enter the teaching profession at some level. Our students also do very well in graduate school. Many are accepted into graduate programs, win fellowships, and earn advanced degrees. Many go on to be journalists, writers, or lawyers.

As you pursue an English degree at Delta State, you will experience a traditional private-college, liberal-arts education on a public university campus. The student-to-teacher ratio is low in every class, and the faculty is very accessible for one-on-one instruction. We feature a very accomplished faculty. This success can be seen daily in the classroom, in the Writing Center, and in faculty offices.

Our faculty members are not only outstanding teachers, but they are accomplished writers as well. We have published hundreds of creative and scholarly works, including several books. Persuasions and Persuasions On-Line, international journals focusing on the work of Jane Austen, are edited in our department. In short, our faculty has the training, experience, work ethic, and commitment to provide you with a rigorous challenge in a very nurturing environment.

The English Department sponsors a number of opportunities that augment the classroom experience. Many students work for and publish in Da, the Delta State student literary journal. The department offers many writing contests that offer cash prizes and publication, and we also give a good number of scholarships and awards for meritorious achievement in the field.

The department often hosts visiting writers who give public readings, visit classes, and conduct workshops. Through this program, we have brought to campus such writers as Willie Morris, Ernest J. Gaines, Ellen Douglas, and Richard Ford. Most recently, Natasha Trethewey, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and former U.S. Poet Laureate, visited campus.

In short, we provide a great place for you to learn, mature, and grow. We encourage critical thinking, student engagement, and peer tutoring assisted by careful faculty mentoring. If you come here with a curious mind, a thirst for knowledge, and a desire to work hard, we guarantee you a first-rate education.

For More Information

Division of Languages & Literature visitors are welcome in the Division Office in Suite F Room 203 of Kethley Hall. Inquiries about any aspect of the Languages & Literature program should be addressed to:

Delta State University
Division of Languages and Literature
1003 W. Sunflower Rd. DSU Box 3215
Cleveland, Mississippi 38733

Phone: 662-846-4060
Fax: 662-846-4161

Staff Webmaster: Elizabeth Ogle