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Welcome to Florida State University's Department of English. With four academic concentrations and two certificate programs, our department offers a rich curriculum for undergraduate and graduate students.

We come together through our shared goal of teaching, writing, reading, and understanding texts. We equip our ambitious, multi-talented undergraduate and graduate students to venture out into every corner of the new creative economies: from academia to artistic entrepreneurialism, from online publishing to social media marketing.

We invite you to explore our program offerings and to meet our dedicated faculty, students, and staff.

Creative Writing

Consistently ranked among the top writing programs in the country, the Creative Writing program offers a thriving community to writers who are looking to strengthen their craft while building life-long relationships in writing. 

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Literature, Media, and Culture

The Literature, Media, and Culture program exposes students to provocative questions that spark scholarly engagement and creativity, helping them discuss the social and political impact of literature.

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Rhetoric and Composition

The graduate program in Rhetoric and Composition focuses on rhetorical and social practices and theories of composition, particularly emphasizing the relationships between texts, technologies, language, and literacies. 

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Editing, Writing, and Media

The undergraduate Editing, Writing, and Media track emphasizes the production, analysis, and interpretation of historic, contemporary, academic, and everyday texts. 

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The English Department at Florida State University

Department News

Gary Taylor named Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor

Taylor is chair of the English department. The award is the highest honor that faculty members bestow upon one of their own, and the recognition is for 2021-2022.

Brett Hanley's chapbook Defeat the Rest explores love's complications

She found inspiration for her collection of poems in a graduate course, reading love letters exchanged between Emily Dickinson and her sister-in-law.

English alumna steers campus toward environmental health

Michelle Presley relies on her English undergraduate experiences to guide her practices and her vision with FSU's Sustainable Campus office.