Teaching Areas

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Teaching Areas

Students in the Department of English can follow their curiosity across five related interdisciplinary programs:

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Film Studies

Undergraduate Major & Minor

Students who wish to better understand film as an art form, as popular culture, and as a major medium of communication can pursue a degree in film studies. The Film Studies program, housed within the Department of English, is centered on a curriculum in the history of film, film genre and film directors, as well as film theory and criticism.

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Literary and Cultural Studies

PhD Program, MA Program, & Undergraduate Concentration

Students interested in literature can pursue a wide variety of concentrations or emphases, including:

  • Ethnic and World Literatures
  • Literary Criticism and Theory
  • Literary History
  • Medieval and Renaissance Literatures
  • Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Literatures
  • Place-Based Writing
  • Women's Literature
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Composition & Rhetoric

PhD Program, MA Program, & Undergraduate Concentration

Study writing, rhetoric and literacy as social engagement and transformation:

  • Make writing the center of your study
  • Examine how language practices intersect with culture and identity
  • Explore the teaching of writing
  • Participate in the shared work of writing across educational levels
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Creative Writing

PhD Program, MA Program, & Undergraduate Concentration

Genre-specific workshop courses focus on creative composition, the development of craft and technique, and rigorous revision practices based on group feedback. The workshops, coupled with a variety of literature courses, help students to expand their own perceptions and skills as writers.

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Creative Writing
Place Studies

Place Studies

Graduate Area of Emphasis and Undergraduate Concentration

We teach a variety of courses on Great Plains literature and culture and include place-conscious and ecocritical approaches to the literature of many other regions of the world, from Ireland to Africa, India to Australia.

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