Front view of Minne Hall, home of the Winona State English Department.

Welcome to Winona State University's English Department

The mission of the English Department is to provide students with the knowledge and critical thinking, reading, and writing skills needed to engage in creative, evidence-based problem solving, effective communication, and responsible action within a diverse community and a rapidly changing world. Through curricular and co-curricular activities, students gain an understanding of the historical developments in language, rhetoric, and literature, a sensitivity for language and the art and craft of creative and expository writing, and appreciation for applying a diversity of perspectives and multi-disciplinary approaches, and the ability to collaborate with and serve the good of the community.

The English Department offers a variety of programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. At the undergraduate level, students can select Bachelor of Arts majors and minors that focus on language and literature, writing or applied linguistics, or they can select Bachelor of Science (licensure programs) majors in Teaching Communication Arts and Literature or English as a Second Language. At the graduate level, the department offers a Master of Arts in Literature or TESOL or a Master of Science in English.

News & Events

Scholarships and Awards

The following scholarships and awards (PDF) were presented to outstanding students during the 2014-15 academic year.


Great River Reading Series Events:

  • Thursday, Feb. 19: Fiction writer Abby Geni will visit WSU. Her short story collection, The Last Animal, was the winner of the Friends of American Writers Literary Award and a finalist for the Orion Book Prize for fiction. 
  • Thursday, March 5: Ryan Van Meter will visit campus March 5 to read from his collection of essays, If You Knew What I Know Now
Please visit The Great River Reading Series for more information.

Common Book:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 25 The Common Book Project presents a film screening of Grown in Detroit

Please see the Common Book website for scheduled events.