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Welcome to the Department of English

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Why Pursue a Degree in English? (6:10)
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Why Study English at Salisbury University? (4:00)
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What Resources are Available for English Students at Salisbury University? (3:37)

Welcome to SU English!

“I love English majors. I love how smart they are. I love their intellectual curiosity. Most of all, I love to hire them.”

This is what accomplished entrepreneur, best-selling author, and USA TODAY columnist Steve Strauss says in his Huffington Post article, “Why I Hire English Majors.” Strauss advocates for English Majors because “they know how to think, to think for themselves, and how to analyze a problem,” and they do so boldly. English majors, he says, are the teammates “that can make us all better.” Similarly, Jeffrey Dorfman from Forbes magazine names the English major a “great return on investment.

SU English is a comprehensive department with more than twenty faculty members from a variety of backgrounds, offering five different concentration options: Creative Writing, Film, Literature, Secondary Education, TESOL, and Writing and Rhetoric. We also offer five minors: business and professional writing, English, English for speakers of other languages, ethnic and global literatures, and film. We cultivate visionary thinkers by allowing students to chart their own course of study through a variety of classes in writing, film, literature, new media, and rhetoric.

We focus on providing as wide-ranging a curriculum as possible: from analyzing Medieval literature to the rhetorical strategies of digital media, and from contemporary cinema to linguistic study that stretches into the distant past. We offer students creative opportunities to contribute to and edit a literary magazine (Scarab), to attend numerous on-campus events featuring world-renowned writers, to study abroad in disparate places including Ghana and Iceland, to participate in the SU Student Film Festival, and to take up a wide variety of internships. Our department may be housed in a relatively small city, but our outreach is truly international: our Linguistics/TESOL graduates have taught English abroad in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and South America; and we are home to one of the most distinguished academic journals worldwide, Literature Film Quarterly, which holds subscriptions in over 30 countries.

Students of SU English engage with important questions about the human condition, especially where issues of race, gender, ethnicity, identity, and class are concerned. Moreover, the faculty of English all champion values of diversity, empathy, and integrity as we educate our students with a view to their lifelong journey as people who understand the value of human expression. SU English emphasizes innovative thinking, which prepares students not only for the workplace of today, but the workplace of tomorrow, graduate school, and life-long-learning. Following Salisbury University’s mission and values, SU English strives to empower students with intellectual curiosity, critical and analytical thinking, exceptionally-crafted writing and rhetorical skills, and appreciation of linguistic diversity.

For more information on specific course offerings and student successes, please contact our faculty—we look forward to hearing from you.

For more information on our collective vision and strength, check out the videos featuring our faculty below. To get a sense of our specialized degree programs, click on the links below the videos.


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Program Tracks & Concentrations

Creative Writing



Secondary Education


Writing + Rhetoric

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