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Whether you want to become a writer, teacher or expert multi-media communicator, majoring in English at NMU will open many doors to your future—ones you may not have even considered yet. In literature classes you will be challenged to consider matters of broad human significance. In creative writing, exposition and journalism classes you will develop your talents for expressing ideas and emotions.

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Faculty and Staff

Prospective and current students   Inquiring and current faculty


Degree Programs

Interested in becoming a student? Need to review your degree requirements? 

For more information contact English@nmu.edu



For incoming and current students


For more information contact Graduate@nmu.edu


Work on academic service learning projects, like creating and teaching a unit on Native American literature in a local grade school or writing book reviews to help troubled teens discover titles they’ll enjoy. Seek or provide assistance in our Writing Center available to all students. Who knows, you could win a large monetary prize in one of our five specialized writing contests. Whatever you do, you’ll end up as a better thinker, writer and speaker.Many employers prefer job candidates with an English degree because of their ability to analyze complex material and communicate clearly. The department boasts a 100 percent placement rate for English education graduates. Many of our other students go on to careers in publishing, technology, public relations, technical writing, advertising, law and government service, or continue on to graduate school.Faculty members work closely with students, encouraging interaction and lively discussion in and outside of the classroom. Immersive learning abounds. You can attend visiting writer readings; work on the nationally-known Passages North literary journal, the student-published North Wind newspaper, or the online student writing journal, The Lightkeeper; travel to and present at scholarly conferences; or intern in journalism, technical writing, and editing; train for and get experience in Teaching English.

Degrees Offered

Master of Arts

Master of Fine Arts

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