The English Department at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas offers an English major leading to bachelors and master’s degrees. The department also offers English as a minor field of study with either a traditional emphasis in literature or an emphasis in writing (technical and/or creative writing). Our students explore everything from Anglophone and world literature, composition and rhetoric, technical writing, critical theory, cultural studies, and creative writing. Teacher certification in English, Language Arts, and Reading for grades 4 through 8 or for grades 8 through 12 is available in conjunction with the West College of Education.
Of course, we study how to write, how to reach people with different needs, from on-line shoppers to C.E.O.’s, from legislators to literary critics, from police officers to poets.
But we also study what is written, recognizing that every story is a virtual reality. Each expresses its author's view of how the real world works, and by entering the created world we learn real-life lessons about heroism, passion, jealousy, temptation, triumph, defeat, rebellion, acceptance, and love.
And no matter what happens to the characters, we always get out alive. So we’re able to apply our growing knowledge of what it means to be human to understanding our own experience and to achieving our own hopes and dreams.