About Our Undergraduate Program
The English Department provides students with the background and critical skills necessary to understand the humanities, and to contribute to its project of defining and improving the human condition through the study of language, literature, visual and performing arts, and history. The department offers three tracks of the English Major to prepare students to apply a broad range of humanistic practices to specific cultural and professional contexts. Students majoring in English may choose from three undergraduate tracks in Liberal Studies, Pre-Graduate Studies, and Literature, Language, and Culture.
In keeping with the mission of the UMD English department, all English majors are actively involved in the pleasures and challenges of reading, interpreting, and creating a variety of texts, from literary classics to contemporary graphic fiction, from the Anglo-American canon to multicultural, postcolonial, and feminist expansions of that canon, from fiction, poetry, and drama to autobiography, film, and new media writing. English faculty and courses are thus committed to expanding and deepening our understanding of what counts as "literature," and to involving students in a range of literary activities and experiences. These include scholarly research and analysis, creative writing, oral presentations, online discussions, collaborative projects, publishing internships, teaching assistantships, and civic engagement learning.
The mission of the University of Minnesota Duluth English department is to study and teach the history, forms, theory, and practices associated with the production, reading, and pedagogy of literary and cultural texts. Our department is committed to scholarship and creative activities that increase knowledge and understanding of the world and inspire and enrich teaching, and to dedicated service to the university and community. Our goals are to acquaint students with a significant range of texts and their cultural, critical, and aesthetic contexts; to develop through the study of literature, creative writing, teaching, and language students’ understanding of and respect for human diversity; to introduce them to some of the critical and scholarly approaches to the study of literature, literary history, and book production; to make them aware of the structure and history of the English language; to help them develop the ability to read perceptively, think critically and creatively, write effectively, and engage meaningfully with the complex societies in which they live. The department aims to prepare students both as professionals (teachers, writers, and editors) and as citizens capable of contributing to a broad range of cultural, creative, and professional communities, and committed to lifelong literacy and learning.