Department of English
Voted 2012-2013 Department of the Year by Student Government!
2013-2014 Creative Writing Contest Results
Annual Writing Contest Winners Announced
Poet and writer Jim Northrup speaks to packed Crows Nest
Canadian television does story on LSSU creative writing project
Nine local elementary students recognized in LSSU Tall Tales writing contest
Do you love writing, literature, or teaching? The English Department at LSSU is for scholars in all of those areas. Scholars of writing take coursework to increase their fluency in academic, professional, and creative forms of
writing. Scholars of literature get a
thorough preparation in the analysis of literary, social, and cultural
texts and histories, as well as in
methods of research and theory. Study in either of these areas lets students pursue significant work in teaching, scholarship, commercial
communication, and productive cultural, ethical, and intellectual life.
Department of English faculty are
accomplished teachers, scholars, artists, and practitioners. Our courses and programs feature high academic standards,
instructional innovation and variety, enthusiastic engagement,
flexibility to student needs and interests, and individual student
"Lake State gave me the experience and the opportunity I was looking for. My courses and the work experience I received allowed me to accept a position as a graduate assistant at South Dakota State University. I've been working on my Master's in Education with a specialization in Student Affairs and Counseling.
The class size at Lake State gave me the opportunity to learn and make connections with both the students and faculty. It provided a great student-to-teacher ratio that allowed for in-depth and provocative conversation, a key element in learning. The compassion of the professors shows as they have helped me with every aspect of my education and future planning."
— Amy Chrispell ('08)
The department that once worked with the Unicorn Hunters to publish the Woods-Runner now provides editing and publishing opportunities for undergraduate English literature and creative writing students. Competitive internships are available for editors and readers in poetry and fiction through Border Crossing, the Creative Writing Program's teaching journal, which occasionally publishes the very best student work alongside that of emerging and established writers. Students may also serve as interns for Snowdrifts, our annually published student journal, and join our active English Club.
Our creative courses were recently featured in the Soo Evening News!
If you want to know more about English at LSSU, please fill out the form below, or contact Dr. Chad Barbour at (906) 635-2553, or firstname.lastname@example.org.