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Department of English

Fascinated by literature? Intrigued by life’s greatest philosophical questions? Dream of becoming a teacher? Follow your passion as you gain the skills and knowledge you need to build a successful and exciting career through the University of Central Missouri’s Department of English.

Whether you’re considering an undergraduate or graduate degree or looking for a certificate to add to your resume, you’ll find the best program for you at UCM.

Explore the diverse opportunities available through our Department of English:

  • Creative Writing: Write alongside accomplished author-educators, hone your skills and meet with published writers and poets.
  • English: Analyze literary works and write your own stories and poems. No matter which courses you choose, an English degree will help you find success in a diverse range of careers.
  • English Secondary Education: Called to teach? Study classroom management, language arts and other subjects as you learn teaching and assessment strategies.
  • Philosophy: Intrigued by human values and our assumptions about reality? Explore it all through courses in ethics and critical thinking.
  • Professional and Technical Writing: Practice all forms of business communication, from resumes and memos to policy analysis and technical reports.
  • Teaching English as a Second Language: Gain the skills and credentials you need to teach non-native English speakers.
  • Teaching Writing: Specialize in teaching writing as you systematically examine theory, research and practice.
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Dr. Marc Joseph
Martin 336E
University of Central Missouri
Tel: 660-543-8696

Ms. Patrice Harris, MA
Office Professional
Martin 336D
University of Central Missouri
Tel: 660-543-4425

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

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Find your English future at UCM

When you study in the University of Central Missouri’s Department of English, you’ll find challenging and exciting coursework, supportive instructors and opportunities to learn outside of the classroom:

  • Take classes with dedicated teacher-scholars: All of your instructors are experts in their respective fields who are actively researching, writing, editing and dedicating themselves to your education.
  • Access one-on-one guidance: Find invaluable resources that will help you in school and after graduation. You’ll take classes with encouraging instructors and find mentors within the department.
  • Find exciting and challenging hands-on learning opportunities: Discover field experiences and be a student teacher. Find internships to gain job experience and skills you can immediately add to your resume. Join one of UCM’s many student associations to learn more, network and have fun.


What can you do with a degree in one of UCM’s English programs?

Studying English or philosophy provides you with a versatile credential that can carry you forth in a wide variety of careers. That’s because it tells employers that you’re a skilled writer, researcher and communicator who is ready to work as a team player and step up and lead your field.

When you study English or philosophy at UCM, you’ll gain a solid foundation for intellectual growth and professional success. A degree or minor from one of our English programs could help you pursue a career in:

  • Business
  • Editing
  • Human resources
  • Information technology
  • Journalism
  • Marketing or public relations
  • Publishing 
  • Technical writing
  • Teaching


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