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English Literature 

The literature option is for students who wish to specialize in literary and cultural studies, especially those preparing for a broad range of careers in which the skills of textual analysis, writing and communication are important.

Literature – B.A. in English, Literature Emphasis

The Department of English at Montana State University offers a rich and challenging program taught by award-winning scholars devoted to student success. Literature from various eras and cultures, especially British and American literatures, both canonical and emergent, shape the undergraduate English experience. Students will develop critical thinking, reading and writing skills that will prepare them for a number of careers or graduate fields.

The English major at Montana State offers two  other Options Within a Major: English Teaching and Writing.



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A Legacy of Excellence
Graduates from Montana State’s English program have gone on to become New York Times bestselling authors and editors of major magazines.

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The Writing Center
The MSU Writing Center offers students free support for assignments, exam preparation and even resume writing.

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Top Public University in Montana
According to the Forbes list of America's Top Colleges, Montana State is the No. 1 Public University in the state based on value, post-graduation salary and student experience.



Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


English – Literature students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Publishing
  • Education
  • Politics
  • Film
  • New Media

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available , including self-assessment and working with career coaches.