Jason McEntee, Department Head
Department of English
Pugsley Hall 301, Box 2218
Michael Keller, Jason McEntee, Christine Stewart
Paul Baggett, Nicole Flynn, Katherine Malone, Michael Nagy, Sharon Smith, Steven Wingate
Darin Halvorsen, Lynn Hublou, Amber Jensen, Lisa Madsen, April Myrick
Randi Anderson, Nicole Biever, Gwen Horsley, Jennifer Kluck, Katie O’Leary, Nathan Serfling, Stephen Snyder
Bruce Brandt, Kathleen Danker, Kathleen Donovan, David Allen Evans, Mildred Flynn, Mary Alice Haug, Karen Kildahl, Mary O’Connor, Mary Ryder, John Taylor, Paul Witherington, George West, Charles Woodard
The English department’s B.A. program prepares students to become innovative professionals and global citizens by teaching them to read closely and critically, write creatively and persuasively, and explore the beauty and value of diverse literatures and cultures.
The English department offers instruction in a wide range of specialty areas, including British and American literature, women’s writing, Native American literature, literary theory, rhetoric, composition, creative writing, professional and technical writing, peace and conflict studies, and film studies.
* Graduate degrees are offered in collaboration with the Graduate School. For details, see the Graduate Catalog.
Facilities & Services
The English department is housed in historic Pugsley Hall (as of Spring 2014). The English department supports local, regional, and state communities through speaking and teaching engagements, service learning, and events such as the annual Consider the Century Conference, the Great Plains Writers’ Conference, and the Oakwood Writers Retreat. In addition, the English department coordinates the Jerome Norgren Poetry Contest and the Paul Witherington Creative Writing Contest for South Dakota middle-school and high-school students and directs the SDSU Writing Center, which offers writing support to SDSU undergraduate and graduate students.
Student Support & Engagement Opportunities
The English department publishes Oakwood, an annual literary magazine created and developed by English students; sponsors English Club, the university’s only undergraduate literary association; and awards a number of scholarships to its majors thanks to the generosity of its alumni and friends.