Department of English


Helicon West Presents Summer Open Mic

Summer Open Mic Presented by Helicon WestJo on May 23, June 27, July 25, & August 22 in the Logan Library community room A at 7 pm. Helicon West is a lively performance venue for the written word.

English Programs

American Studies

This interdisciplinary program encourages students to combine, cross, and stretch academic boundaries as they study the diversity and complexity of American history and cultures.

Creative Writing

Read, write, and workshop original poetry, fiction, and nonfiction with your fellow students as you gain practical skills to launch your creative writing career.

English Teaching

Future teachers of English in secondary schools study literature, writing, and pedagogy while having opportunities to gain practical experience through tutoring, action research, and professional development events.

General English

The General English option offers Statewide Campus students a broad range of courses across all areas of the English department.


Learn the value of storytelling as you practice the writing, speaking, research, teamwork, and critical-thinking skills that prepare you for a career that matters.


Learn to analyze folktales, legends, jokes, personal experience narratives, proverbs, superstitions, festivals and celebrations, yard art, dance, and costume.

MA/MS in Folklore Studies

Folklorists may analyze folktales, legends, jokes, personal experience narratives, proverbs, superstitions, festivals and celebrations, or yard art, dance, and costume.

Composition Program

The USU Composition Program emphasizes that writing is a social act, which recognizes and values the differences in language, people, and ideas.


Program Highlight

Student graduating

New Major and Minor in Technical Communication and Rhetoric (TCR)

The English Department is thrilled to announce a new Major and Minor in Technical Communication and Rhetoric (TCR) beginning Fall 2023!

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The Department of English, the largest humanities unit in the university, is a diverse community of teachers, scholars, and students, who work together towards a better understanding of the English language and its manifestation in literature, writing, culture, and the workplace. Despite the size of the department, our classes are small, offering individualized attention that helps students succeed and opens doors to both undergraduate research opportunities, and ultimately to careers that matter.

Helicon West

This uncensored open-mic is the perfect place to read your poetry and other writing in front of an audience.


The English department's internship program is designed to help students enrich their education, gain practical experience, and earn credit towards their degrees.

Sigma Tau Delta

USU's chapter of the English Honor Society, a group dedicated to highlighting high-performing English students.

Sink Hollow

Gain valuable publishing experience by curating, producing, and marketing USU's undergraduate literary magazine.

Study Abroad

Study languages and cultures in their native contexts in order to gain an understanding of populations of other countries and the origins of many different facets of modern society.

The Bull Pen

Discuss your creative writing with other writers, participate in poetry slams, and flex your creative muscles with other students.

The English Club

The English Club is a social organization of English majors and minors that brings together students who enjoy reading, writing, and learning.