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Northwest Missouri State University


About Us

With 27 full-time faculty, the department of English and Modern Languages represents a highly diverse and active group of people. We currently have 125 students in our department and had 29 students graduate from the program in the past year.

The department supports a small press, GreenTower Press, which publishes a highly lauded literary magazine, The Laurel Review. The department also helps to support Medium Weight Forks, a student-run literary magazine with an open format.

Our chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, is sponsored by the department with Ms. Brenda Ryan currently serving as the faculty coordinator. Northwest has been proud each year to send a large contingent from our chapter to show off scholarship (and win awards) at the annual Sigma Tau Delta conference.

Every year the department of English and Modern Languages brings four nationally known writers to campus in the Visiting Writers Series.

The department sponsors HALO (the Hispanic-American Leadership Organization).  HALO originated at the University of Kansas and has been active at Northwest for over a decade.  

Finally, the department sponsors the Northwest American Sign Language Club, which is open to any student who has an interest in American Sign Language. Marcy Roush is the faculty coordinator for this student organization.