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Department of English, Philosophy, Spanish and Humanities


English students at SMSU demonstrate an advanced understanding of literary works and effective communication through literature, business,Students technical and creative writing classes.

SMSU proudly offers four majors and three minors in English.


SMSU students with a degree in English enjoy careers in the following fields:

  • Business
  • Higher education
  • Journalism
  • Library science
  • Public relations
  • Publishing
  • Secondary education
  • Technical communication


Department members continue to publish books, essays, stories, and poems regularly. The English Department also supervises the work of students participating in writing internships. Internship guideline can be found at: internship guidelines.

Majors and Minors

Southwest Minnesota State University students taking courses within this department are able to major and minor in a variety of areas:


Bachelor of Science: Communication Arts and Literature/Secondary Education
Bachelor of Arts: English with Creative Writing or Literature Emphasis
Bahelor of Arts: Philosophy
Bachelor of Arts: Professional Writing and Communication


Religious Studies

Humanities offers a set of Liberal Education courses exploring the human experience.

Story Image Pat Carmody is Cowan Award Winner

Registrar Pat Carmody is the 2017 Cowain Award Winner, and will receive a special medal during Commencement exercises May 6.

Story Image Dene Kay Thomas is Commencement Speaker

Dr. Dene Kay Thomas, president of Fort Lewis College and an SMSU alumna, is this year's Commencement speaker

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