Our Mission

The English Department (Ashley Shannon, Chair) strengthens the liberal education of students by developing a deepened understanding of language and literacy, the value of critical reading and effective writing, and the richness of literature, past and present.  We seek to foster knowledge and a love of literature and of language in our students. To this end we will provide students in all emphasis areas with a coherent curricular framework and relevant, well-structured course choices. We will teach a variety of literary, analytical, pedagogical, and theoretical skills. We will teach students to speak, read, and write effectively. We will encourage students to think deeply and to reflect on what they have learned. We will encourage a love of learning and an appreciation for a liberal education.  

We value the rigorous and comprehensive study of language, literacy, and literature. We value the cultivation of critical reading and reflection. We value the production of excellent writing in a variety of forms. We value the ways the study of language and literature transforms our understanding of local, national, and international communities. We value teaching that will lead our students to participate in society as informed, responsible citizens. Read our Strategic Plan.

English majors choose one of the following focus areas: Language and Literature, English Education, or Linguistics.

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Oldenburg Writing Contest

It's that time of year again. Round up your best writing and apply for the annual Oldenburg Writing Contest.

M.A. in Applied Linguistics

Beginning Fall 2016, the GVSU English department is offering a brand new M.A. in Applied Linguistics.

Three Studies Abroad

The English Department offers three opportunities for studying abroad, including two for elementary and secondary English education students.

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Upcoming Events

Maastricht Study Abroad Information Meeting

October 24, 2017 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Please come if you’d like to learn more about this opportunity to study abroad in the Netherlands for a month and to take part in a field placement in an international school or Dutch/English...

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