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Why Would Someone Want to Major in English at EKU?

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  • Ranked #3 in Best College Reviews Top 20 Online MFA in Creative Writing Programs (two years in a row) and most undergraduate workshops are taught by graduate/MFA faculty
  • Offers a unique-in-KY (and beyond) English and History Teaching degree
  • Offers a unique-in-KY (and beyond) MA in English and Writing Professions
  • Offers a unique-in-KY undergraduate Professional and Technical Writing certificate

Creative Writing

Bluegrass Writers Studio Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing

  • Ranked #3 in Best College Reviews Top 20 Online MFA in Creative Writing Programs (two years in a row)
  • Students take live, online workshops in creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, working with published authors and their peers [most low-res program do not offer live workshops]
  • Summer residencies are held on the EKU Campus/Downtown Historic Richmond and in Lisbon, Portugal

BA in English with a Creative Writing emphasis

  • Most undergraduate workshops are taught by graduate/MFA faculty
  • Students can work on the online magazine Aurora and can attend a summer writing residency on campus
  • Recent graduates have gone on to top-ranked MFA programs at Cal Arts, Columbia, Emerson, Ole Miss, The New School, Warren Wilson, and include New York Times Bestselling novelist Gwenda Bond and the critically acclaimed, Ashley Blooms

English Teaching and English and History Teaching

English and History Teaching degree (new)

  • Only program of its kind in KY (and beyond)!
  • Qualifies students for dual certification to teach High School English and High School History
  • Can be completed in four years
  • Provides marketability and flexibility to students interested in the connections between English and History/Social Studies teaching or who may be on-the-fence about which subject they’d rather teach

English Teaching

  • Only Kentucky university with an onsite K-12 Model School, which allows students to observe and practice teaching early and often (starting their first year) without leaving campus
  • Graduates obtain English teaching positions within the first few interviews and are often offered positions at multiple schools
  • Continue tradition of being one of only two teaching colleges in Kentucky at the turn-of-the-twentieth century

Undergraduate English

Professional and Technical Writing (PTW) undergraduate certificate unique in KY offers

  • Brevity: students earn the PTW by taking only 6 classes
  • Breadth: classes are spread across 3 departments in 2 colleges
  • Depth: in addition to learning foundational writing and communication skills, PTW students learn advanced visual design skills, international business communication approaches, and successful job search strategies
  • Awards: PTW students have won the August cover design contests at the international journal Technical Communication in 2019, 2020, and 2021; and the November design contests in 2019 and 2020

B.A. in English

  • Graduates employed in every career field because employers demand writing and communication skills
  • Offers a wide diversity of courses (beyond those listed above), from Appalachian literature to Shakespeare to Science Fiction; from Editing and Stylistics to Grammar and Linguistics; from Composition and Rhetoric to Digital Design to Women and Gender Studies

Graduate English

M.A. in English and Writing Professions (new)

  • Program is unique in KY and one of only a few in the U.S.
  • Courses solely devoted to the administration of writing centers and Writing Across the Disciplines programs
  • Fully online or hybrid
  • Graduate assistantships available in the Noel Studio for Academic Creativity


521 Lancaster Avenue
106 Beckham Hall
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: 859-622-5861
Fax: 859-622-3156

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