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Peter Pietrangelo of Sault Ste. Marie presented a research paper at the 2010 John Burroughs Nature Writing Conference and Seminar held during the summer at the State University of New York in Oneonta. The conference, "Old Lessons for a New Millennium: Nature Writing and Environmentalism in the 21st Century," focused on the work of writers who contributed to the early conservation movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the work of contemporary writers who are exerting an influence on the development of early 21st century environmentalism. Read more

Peter Pietrangelo ('10)
Liberal Studies, concentrations in both English and professional communication

Department of English and Language Studies

Voted 2012-2013 and 2014-2015 Department of the Year by Student Government!

Recent News

LSSU Visiting Writer Series Presents Mardi Jo Link, Michigan Notable Book Awardwinning Memoirist Thursday Apr. 13!

Check out the Fall 2017 schedule: in addition to Spanish, we are now offering courses in Chinese!

LSSU High School Short Story Prize Now Open to All Students in U.S. and Canada!

LSSU Department of English and Bayliss Public Library, affiliate of Superior District Library present the 5th Annual Superior Children's Book Festival, Saturday, Nov. 19

Creative Writing faculty and students partner with Dance and Art for collaborative performance

The LSSU Visiting Writer Series presents Michigan Notable Book Award-Winner Alison DeCamp on Thursday, Nov. 17

Lake State offers in-state tuition for all North American students!

English education majors expanded: now accepting middle-school and high-school English teaching majors

Department News Archive


Do you love creative writing or literature? Do you want to teach English? At LSSU, you can major or minor in all of the above and study classic and modern literature, graphic novels, comics, film, children's literature, and more. Our creative writing program offers small class sizes and individualized instruction by award-winning faculty in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and scriptwriting. Our literature and writing majors go on to graduate school in such diverse fields as creative writing, literature, counseling, and social work. We offer teacher preparation programs for future elementary school teachers who want to focus on language arts, as well as future middle school and high school English teachers. (Interested in elementary education more generally? Visit the School of Education here.) Literature students 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 any of these areas lets students pursue meaningful work in teaching, scholarship, commercial communication, and productive cultural, ethical, and intellectual life.

English and creative writing courses at LSSU provide students with a solid foundation in critical reading, in British, American, and World literatures both classic and contemporary, and more advanced study and research into literary genres, modes, and issues. In addition, all English students at LSSU experience literature first hand by making it in Creative Writing and Drama courses. Classes are small, seldom having more than 25 students, and the professors know your name and take an active interest in your progress and career goals.  Many classes are conducted as seminars or tutorials, and involve a lot of group discussion, interaction, and collaborative exploration. The fact that LSSU is a residential university means that professors are always available to talk with students.  You’ll be part of a unique and close-knit team that has a proud history and a wide-open challenge to advance the profession of letters at LSSU and beyond. Click here to see the descriptions of individual English courses in the LSSU catalog.

Each year, our Visiting Writer Series brings highly acclaimed literary authors and poets to campus to bring together the community and college in a shared literary experience. Lake Superior State University is truly a unique place to get your undergraduate degree. We burn a Snow Man every year to celebrate the end of winter, and you can get your very own Unicorn Hunting license on campus. The same department that worked with the Unicorn Hunters to publish the Woods-Runner also provides unique editing and publishing opportunities for undergraduate English students. You can complete an internship as a student editor or reader in poetry and fiction through Border Crossing, the Creative Writing Program's international literary journal. You can also work as an intern for Snowdrifts, our annually published student journal, and join our active English Club. Our creative courses have been featured in the Soo Evening News!

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 attention.

"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)

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Jessica Hirt

"One of my favorite things about LSSU is its size. The classrooms, especially as you get to the upper levels, get smaller, so you not only have a chance to discuss your ideas in an honest, supportive manner, but you also get to know your professors and classmates. The upper level courses really allow you to focus on what you love, and the small class size allows you to have time to share and to discuss your ideas." [ more ]

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