English at UMSL

English Programs

  •  BA English
  •  BS Secondary Education
  •  MA English
  •  MFA Creative Writing

Career Opportunities

  •  Copywriting
  •  Education
  •  Journalism
  •  Speechwriting
  •  Public Relations

The Department of English at the University of Missouri–St. Louis is the school's largest humanities department, offering a variety of English courses ranging from literary studies, critical theory, film and drama to gender studies, cultural studies, creative writing and journalism. The English Degree Program provides opportunities for intensive, wide-ranging humanist inquiry in preparation for professional writing, teacher certification, graduate study or other professions that may depend on extensive training in writing, language, and critical analysis.

The Department of English has an in-house literary magazine, Litmag, which publishes original work by UMSL students. Undergraduate students serve on the magazine's editorial board, learning valuable knowledge and insight on the publishing trade. Natural Bridge is an internationally distributed literary journal, publishing award winning writing from established and emerging writers alike. Advanced MFA students, many already publishing their own work, serve as first readers of most submissions.

What UMSL has to offer

In addition to traditional employment as teachers at primary, secondary and community-college levels, recent UMSL graduates in English work in journalism, editing, advertising, public relations and other fields that place a premium upon critical thinking and clear communication.

The Department of English offers a BA in English, BA in English with certification for secondary teaching and B.S. in secondary education with an emphasis area in English. The department also offers a minor in English. Students may earn a certificate in creative or professional writing. At the graduate level, the Department of English offers an MA in English and an MFA, the terminal degree in creative writing, with emphasis areas in fiction or poetry. 

You can learn more about these degrees and the English department at our website:

For an in-depth look at UMSL's English courses, visit the Bulletin:

UMSL At A Glance

The University of Missouri–St. Louis is the largest public research university located in Missouri's most populous and economically important region. Founded in 1963, we enroll nearly 17,000 students, and we are home to more than 1,400 faculty members.

47 UMSL offers 47 undergraduate degrees from our five colleges.
6We have six 
pre-professional degree tracks.
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