Department of English
Voted 2012-2013 and 2014-2015 Department of the Year by Student Government!
Lake State offers in-state tuition for all North American students!
Fifteen elementary school students recognized in quest-themed writing contest at LSSU
2015 Superior Children's Book Festival a big success!
Award-winning post-apocalyptic novelist and poet, Julianna Baggott, at LSSU
English education majors expanded: now accepting middle-school and high-school English teaching majors for Fall 2015
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. The department that once 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
"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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