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Welcome to NC State's Department of English!

A mastery of English is often the key to success in every profession that requires communication, compassion, and understanding among human beings. Many famous people started out as English majors, and our own NC State English majors have gone on to successful careers in public relations, technical and corporate communication, law, teaching, editing, creative writing, sales and marketing, journalism, and more.

Engage in an education that will excite your senses to many possibilities in the Department of English at North Carolina State University.

"NCSU was an ideal graduate school experience for me. Many of my professors were passionate and attentive. In fact, I credit two of those professors in particular for giving me the foundation I needed to be where I am now--a full time writer with multiple NYT Times and internationally bestselling novels."

Melissa Marr, author of the WICKED LOVELY series for young adults and GRAVEMINDER for the adult market                                                                                                                                                       

Quote of the Week: February 16, 2015

"A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they use them with care, with thought, with fear, with delight. By using words well they strengthen their souls. Story-tellers and poets spend their lives learning that skill and art of using words well. And their words make the souls of their readers stronger, brighter, deeper."

                                                                - Ursula Le Guin

Read previous quotes here.

Calendar Events

March 4, 2015

Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure (RPT) General Information Session

3:30 PM | Monteith Research Center Room 136
March 5, 2015

NC State Literary Readings Series Presents Noel Crook & celeste doaks

7:30 PM | Currituck Room, Talley Student Union

NCSU Department of English: Mission Statement

The English Department at NC State University believes that training students to be literate, in the broadest sense, is an essential mission of a land-grant university. We define literacy as a whole range of abilities, from dexterity with the nuts and bolts of grammar to familiarity with American, British, and world literary traditions; from mastery of rhetorical techniques of persuasion to competence in journalistic writing; from writing and reading html code to interpreting the visual logic of movies and the socio-scientific meanings of medical texts. A rigorous evaluative system based on regular reviews of the teaching effectiveness of tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure track faculty alike insures that the Department lives up to its mission of helping NC State students make the transition from the literacies of the past to the new, ever-changing literacies of the present and future. In turn, by teaching students to be fluent in many kinds of communicative practices—oral, written, and digital—our Department affords crucial educational opportunities to NC State’s students.

Writing Resources: 

Visit and scroll to the bottom for a list of on-campus writing resources for graduate students.