In the School of Writing, Literature, and Film we pride ourselves on providing vibrant and forward-looking learning environments for the study of textual disciplines and complex literacies.

We offer a variety of undergraduate programs, including an English major grounded in both historical study and inter-cultural connections across periods and genres.  We offer a writing minor (oncampus and ecampus) with broad applicability to law, science, or technical fields, as well as creative fields of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction writing. See our Course Descriptions page for an idea of what types of courses and fields of study we offer.

We make English, writing, and film studies go to work.  Our exit surveys since 2008 tell us that are students are planning—and succeeding—in challenging professions and careers in education, writing, journalism, publishing, medicine, library and information sciences, law, and technical research.

The School is home to some of the largest and most long-established undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Liberal Arts.

As of fall term 2014, we have over 500 English undergraduate majors and minors combined (major in English, minor in writing, minor in film, minor in English studies).

As of fall term, we have over 60 graduate students (MA, MFA, and MAIS combined).  Our graduate programs are distinctive in that the majority of MA and all MFA students receive full funding through graduate teaching assistantships or grants and fellowships.  Graduate students also have opportunities for internships in a wide variety of interdisciplinary programs and centers, such as the Writing Intensive Curriculum, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Academic Success Center.

Our students come from fifty states and ten countries.

Our undergraduate and graduate programs distinctively emphasize

  • Interdisciplinary approaches that connect English to  fields of study across the arts and sciences
  • High-impact learning opportunities through a range of internships, teaching and tutorial experience, and study abroad programs
  • A productive and nationally-visible faculty of scholars and teachers dedicated to student success
  • Opportunities for participation in a rich cultural life in OSU/Corvallis and up and down the Willamette Valley, with an engaged community of readers, writers and film-goers and multiple readings, performances, lectures, and cinema events

Follow a customizeable degree plan to guarantee that you graduate in four years and stick to our timeline for the English Major.

Thinking about doing both a bachelors and a masters in english? Get both in five years! See our Accelerated Masters Program.

Still have questions? See our Student Resources page.