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What will I learn?

Program Description

Humans have been writing since the days of hieroglyphics. As a student in CMU’s English program, you’ll tap into and build your reading, writing, research and critical-thinking skills while developing a deeper appreciation for literature. You’ll have writing and networking opportunities with on-campus student groups and publications. If you’re interested in children’s literature, the Instructional Materials Center includes contemporary works and teaching materials, and the Lucile Clarke Memorial Children’s Library includes more than 7,000 old and rare children’s books. Whether you’re looking for a teaching or nonteaching major or minor, we’ve got the English program perfectly suited for you.​​

Specialization in Creative Writing

Specialization in Nonfiction Writing

Specialization in World Literature

Specialization in Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Specialization in American and British Literature

Specialization in Applied Linguistics

Points of Pride

The English Language and Literature department features a large faculty with backgrounds that include children’s literature, creative writing, English education, linguistics and world literature. Several faculty members have been honored with CMU’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and the department also features recent recipients of the President's and Provost’s Awards for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)

Study options

Full Time (120 hours)

Tuition fees
US$18,936.00 per year
Lower Level Tuition (less than 56 credits): USD $18,936 Per Year (24 credits); Upper Level Tuition (56 credits or more): USD $19,560 Per Year (24 credits)
Application deadline

Expected December 2022

Start date

Expected January, August 2023


Central Michigan University

1200 S Franklin St,



48859, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have attended all secondary and post-secondary institutions.

For international students

Students are required to complete all secondary and post-secondary institutions.

They must demonstrate a proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (minimum score of 550 PBT, 213 CBT, or 79 IBT)
  • International English Language Testing System (minimum score of 6.5)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (minimum score of 77)
  • Pearson Test of English (minimum score of 53)
  • ELS Language Center Program: Completion of Level 112

Students competing in intercollegiate athletics must submit a qualifying ACT or SAT score to meet NCAA eligibility requirements. Apply by May 15 if you are beginning classes in the fall semester. Apply by October 1 to begin classes in the spring semester.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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