Welcome to the Department of English
The study of narratives and other literary forms in English explores the complexity of what it means to be human. English students read fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and literary criticism to engage with the meaning and nuance of these texts. Those studying English also write extensively in a variety of genres.
At USD, English faculty members are a vibrant group of literary scholars, critical theorists, poets and novelists who lead survey and discussion-based classes to foster students' analytical and creative abilities. Undergraduate students who major in English learn to critique texts from a variety of perspectives and write clearly and intelligently.
Faculty lead small classes that allow individualized attention, and students majoring in English can choose to specialize in professional writing or creative writing.
All programs include out-of-classroom learning opportunities in publishing, for example, through the affiliated independent Astrophil Press, the literary quarterly South Dakota Review and the Vermillion Literary Project, a literary and creative writing group. In a supportive atmosphere filled with rich opportunities, English students learn the critical thinking and strong writing and communication skills that employers want. Graduates of our program provide concisely written, compelling material for print and broadcast media. They write and distribute policy and communications in government, business and non-profit organizations, and they develop creative and effective approaches to education.
Join our community of writers, thinkers and scholars.
If you are looking for a supportive group of faculty and peers who will foster and enhance your love of reading and prepare you for a wide range of careers, the USD Department of English is the place for you.