Technology changes, but even the latest modes of communication reaffirm that words remain invaluable and that those who think critically and write with clarity, purpose, and skill are best equipped for success in our increasingly complex society. Language and literature offer rich perspectives on the mechanisms by which cultures imagine the world. You will study the ways that narratives and language itself construct a past and compel a future and will engage with the processes by which histories and stories are made and unmade with power, creativity, and conviction.  

Graduate English Degrees 
Learn more by visiting the English graduate programs webpage or request information

Beginning with your courses in the Writing Program, the study of English builds skills that have never been more important. Professional and creative uses of the English language are essential for jobs in education, law, business, publishing, and government. The discipline rouses the intellect and challenges us to become better thinkers and writers. Our students develop advanced skills in writing, reading and interpretation. At Ball State, you learn ways of reading, writing, and thinking that inspire you to continue a life of the mind long after graduation. You will use the skills you develop to enter your chosen professions with confidence in your ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively.

We read contemporary life and popular culture alongside novels and poems. It’s a stimulating and often surprising venture. Analysis and synthesis, reflection and discovery, obstacle and victory—literature, linguistics, rhetoric, creative writing, and English education afford these altering experiences.

We are part of the College of Sciences and Humanities, with five majors, four minors, seven master’s degrees, and three doctoral degrees.

As an English student at Ball State, your opportunities to publish and be involved are as varied as the language is itself, from traditional venues to digital media.

  • The short story or poem that keeps forming and reforming in your head and on your computer may someday find its shape in our literary magazine, The Broken Plate.
  • You can participate in a year-long immersive learning class that leads to the creation of the Digital Literature Review, the English Department’s undergraduate research journal in literature and cultural studies.  The journal contains work by students from the course and undergraduates from around the globe, and each issue focuses on a special topic like “Historical Hauntings” and “Slavery Now.”
  • Your thinking and writing may be inspired by our Visiting Writers Series and In Print Festival of First Books.
  • You might find yourself digitally defining the link between land and words in immersive learning projects such as Our Land, Our Literature through the Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry or in special honors thesis writing projects.
  • You can learn valuable editing, design, and writing skills by working for various publications within Ball State's Unified Media
  • Your screenplay may come to life through the collaborative, immersive learning Cinema Entertainment Immersion experience offered to students in the English, telecommunications, and theatre departments. Find out more.
  • Insight may come to you as you work in communities helping people find new ways to better communicate and understand.
  • You can help parents and students who are ESL speakers at a local Muncie school as part of our English Language Learner program.