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Academics and Admissions

Our undergraduate degree in English is excellent preparation for many fields, including law, medicine, writing, politics, religion, and business.

Our master’s and doctoral degrees―with their focus on research, analysis, and critical thinking―spur originality, teaching, and scholarship.

And both undergraduate and graduate programs broaden the traditional scope of English study with opportunities to work in the global community with those who are learning English as a second language.

Our irrepressible and creative faculty of about 75 engage students across a challenging, participatory curriculum. They encourage the exploration of ideas and the development of individual expression with personal style and perspective.

Ball State’s Writing Program is recognized as one of the best in the country.

We advocate for well-expressed critical thinking outside the classroom as well.

  • Students from across the university depend on our Writing Center to learn strategies for persuasive and solid composition as well as proofreading basics.
  • Our Writing in the Community course extends into the Muncie community. Students explore personal expression with residents and clients of social service agencies through reading, writing, and publishing prose that touches upon psychology, history, sociology, social work, linguistics, women’s issues, sociopolitical matters, and more. In this immersive experience, students learn about themselves through others and become more productive citizens of the local and academic communities.
  • We administer the Indiana Writing Project, an organization committed to promoting the best possible writing instruction in Indiana's elementary, secondary, and postsecondary schools.

If you are thinking about an English degree, you are probably wondering about Ball State's library. Inside Bracken Library, you’ll find great print and digital collections, superb technology, all of the common software used on campus, librarians to help with research, comfortable spaces for individual and group studying, and great hours. Bracken Library and the Ball State Museum of Art house rare examples of late medieval manuscripts and early printed books (including an original sheet from the Gutenberg Bible, the first printed book in the western world).

Explore our site for more information about our degrees, activities, and faculty. Be sure to check back often for news of upcoming English events!