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Northwest Missouri State University

Student Testimonials

BrittianyBrittiany Turner

"My love for books and writing enticed me to major in English. I have learned so much from each professor I have had the privilege of studying under. The diversity of available courses has ensured that that my classes are never boring. At the same time, I have learned about a variety subjects connected with English, such as history."


TylerTyler Zoellner

"Being an English major at Northwest has helped me to achieve a profound level of self-knowledge and a better understanding of the world in which I live. I have connected with authors on the pages of their books, despite their distance from me in time, and I now better understand the human condition. Writing, too, has given me the opportunity to share my deepest thoughts on life, emotion and society with others, establishing that same connection with those who choose to read my work."


RachelRachel Rittman

"My passion for the study of English is fueled by my curiosity about life. Life is a complex combination of our physical, emotional and spiritual human experiences paired with our imagination, reason and logic. Life is full of objective truths that lead us as individuals into subjective discoveries. For me being a part of the English department at Northwest has been fulfilling to my curiosity. The literature studied mimics the intricacy of life. When we study greats works we learn more than just how to write, read and analyze well; we learn about the whole human experience. What is particular to the Northwest English department is the encouragement each student gets to participate in learning through discussion. Also, each professor is unique in his or her style, approach and demeanor. This all unifies beautifully in expanding our acquirement of knowledge and understanding, while spurring us on towards further delving into our curiosities."


CristyCristy Chapman

"The students and faculty in the English Department are very supportive. They've helped me improve and given me the confidence I need to continue on to a Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing after graduation."


BarryBarry Grass

I've always been fascinated with the art of writing. I am a writer myself, but coexistent with that I am a reader. The field of English allows me to explore both. Studying English is so much more than simply writing papers about books. In English, I learn about cultures, human behavior, history, philosophy, art, and how they all are combined into thought provoking, wildly entertaining works of great literature.

I didn't want to attend a school too far away from where I grew up. Of all the universities in the state of Missouri, I feel that Northwest Missouri State University provides the best undergraduate education in the field of English. From the first semester of my Freshman year, I was taking classes with knowledgeable and inspiring professors. Outside of the classroom, I've had valuable opportunities to learn and grow by being involved in Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society, and by tutoring in the Writing Center (see picture). My experience with the English department at Northwest has been extremely fulfilling."

Interested in studying English? Check out the degree program options .