About Us

Student in libraryWelcome to the English Department at Northern Michigan University. On this site you can learn about our programs, activities, faculty and students. We offer four undergraduate majors (English and American literature, graduate bound, writing, and secondary education) and seven minors, and we also make important course contributions to interdisciplinary minors in Native American studies and in gender & sexuality studies. In addition, we offer an M.A. degree, with separate concentrations in literature, writing, pedagogy, and theater, or you can declare a dual-track. Our MFA Program in Creative Writing is now in its sixteenth year. We are also responsible for a range of composition courses required of all students at the university, and non-majors and majors alike are drawn to our classes that satisfy liberal studies requirements in the humanities (Division II).


On EDEN (English Department Electronic Newsletter), you can find information about special topics and graduate courses, special events and guest speakers, and recent student and faculty accomplishments. Members of our diverse faculty are first and foremost dedicated teachers, and several of them have significant scholarly and creative publications as well. Graduates of our programs are pursuing a wide variety of careers, from secondary school and college teaching to journalism, publishing, technical writing, public relations and advertising, law and government service. In the last few years our students have been accepted for graduate study at such schools as Ohio State University, Brown, UCLA, University of Wisconsin (Madison and Milwaukee), University of Missouri, University of Rhode Island, University of Colorado, University of Iowa, University of Washington, University of Florida and University of Chicago.