English and Philosophy

Study English and Philosophy

Whether you take our classes to satisfy gen ed requirements or focus your studies in English and Philosophy, you'll learn how to think and write critically, creatively, and analytically. Our faculty and students produce exciting, interdisciplinary scholarly and creative work, and our students benefit from a rich variety of course offerings tailored to specific academic interests.

Our graduates pursue careers in the United States and abroad in education, law, marketing, finance, medicine, business, public health, philanthropy, and the arts -- just to name a few. If you can name a job that requires critical, analytical, and creative thinking, writing, and/or teaching, chances are that our graduates are doing it!

Our department -- the largest on campus -- offers countless opportunities for personal and professional growth. No matter how you immerse yourself in our vast offerings, we’re sure you'll leave knowing the value of logic, ethics, diversity, culture, and intercultural connection.

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Undergraduate programs

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Creative Writing

  • BA/BS in English/Creative Writing (major)
  • Creative Writing Minor

 Creative writing program

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English Education

  • BA/BS in English/English Education - Secondary Certification (area)
  • BA+MA Accelerated English Education (4+1) Program
  • English Education Minor

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  • BA in English/Literature (area)
  • BA in English/Literature (major)
  • BA+MA Accelerated English Literature (4+1) Program
  • American Studies (Minor)
  • British Studies (Minor)
  • English (Minor)
  • Humanities (Minor)


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  • BA/BS in English/Philosophy (area)
  • BS in English/Rhetoric and Philosophy (major)
  • Literature and Philosophy minor
  • Philosophy minor
  • Business Ethics (Certificate)



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Professional Writing

  • BA/BS in English/Professional Writing (major)
  • Professional Writing minor
  • Rhetoric minor


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  • BA in English/Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (P-12) (area)
  • BA in English/Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Track (area/non-certification)
  • BA in English/Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Track (major/non-certification)
  • BA+MA Accelerated English/TESOL (4+1) Program 
  • BA+MA Accelerated TESOL (4+1) Program 
  • Linguistics minor
  • TESOL minor
  • TESL/TEFL (Certificate)



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Film Studies Minor

The Film Studies minor at Murray State University emphasizes the history, theory and practice of film in the larger context of liberal arts studies. The purpose is to enhance understanding of this important medium and its influences across the disciplines.

Film Studies

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Gender and Diversity Studies Minor

Today's workplace, regardless of your chosen profession, demands an awareness of, and an appreciation for, the spectrum of issues related to gender and diversity. Gain a competitive edge through the interdisciplinary Gender and Diversity Studies minor. 

Gender and Diversity Studies


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"Every professor in the department has been welcoming of different perspectives from each student, which prompts great discussion. I love how my classmates approach readings differently than I do and how well these conversations can move from class to class."

Amara StroudStudent, English Education


Graduate programs

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Doctor of Arts (DA) in English Pedagogy

  • English Pedagogy/English Language Specialization
  • English Pedagogy/English Literacy Adolescent-Adult Specialization
  • English Pedagogy/English Literature Specialization
  • English Pedagogy/K-12 English Language, Language Arts, and Literacy Specialization
  • English Pedagogy/Writing Specialization

English Pedagogy

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Master of Arts in English

  • MA in English
  • MA+DA Accelerated English Pedagogy/English Literature (MA+DA: Master of Arts+Doctor of Arts)


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Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 
  • English as a Second Language (Endorsement)
  • TESL/TEFL (Grad Certificate)
  • Dual-Credit and Transitional English (Grad Certificate)


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"I am thankful for the ability to be a working professional and finish the degree. I also appreciate the cohort model and that the program recognizes the skills and expertise that many of us bring to the program."

Robin RhodesGraduate, DA English Pedagogy

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