Program Description

The English major/minor program emphasis is placed on the development of a sense of literary appreciation and judgment. All courses include writing assignments. The core requirements provide a comprehensive overview of basic materials. The elective courses allow in-depth studies of specialized areas. Through the upper level courses, students are expected to work toward a sense of real comprehension and mastery of the subject, an understanding that will provide a solid intellectual foundation in the entire area of language arts.

Student's Quote:

"Mayville State's English program provides an atmosphere where students can truly grow and learn. Students are encouraged to discover World, American, British, Multicultural, and Non-Western literature. The English department offers an excellent education, challenges students to achieve outstanding performances, and supports them in reaching for the stars."     -Julia


Mayville State's instructors in English are competent and efficient, and you can be confident that you are receiving high quality instruction. The English department emphasizes the proficiency of basic language skills needed to learn and communicate clearly.

Small class sizes provide the attention students deserve and the education for which they are paying. Students will have ample opportunities to voice thoughts and opinions in class, as well as build positive relationships with instructors.

High expectations and demands are placed on Mayville State's English students, allowing them to reap great rewards following graduation. Students will develop in-depth, thorough knowledge of the liberal arts.

Career Opportunities

  • Writing/Editing
  • Education
  • Publishing

English Majors

English Minors


  • English and Arts Club


Pre-education requirements

Mayville State University’s nationally accredited education programs have been designed to meet the licensure/certification requirements in North Dakota and prepare students for licensure exams in North Dakota.

North Dakota is part of the National Association of Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate agreement.  Although most states accept our teacher education program graduates for licensure, licensure boards in each state are responsible for setting requirements for licensure/certification in their state. On-campus and online/distance students living in or moving to any state other than North Dakota should be aware of the unique requirements for that state. Students seeking to establish licensure outside the state of North Dakota are required to meet with an academic advisor prior to beginning any on-campus or online/distance academic program that would lead to licensure. It is important for all students to understand the licensure requirements in the state they intend to seek teacher licensure.

The Division of Education will provide all students information about teacher education licensing in the state of North Dakota.  As well, a student’s academic advisor will provide information on the requirements of other states in which the student intends to seek licensure after the student completes the State Teacher Licensure Requirements form.

Online/Distance Programs that may lead to licensure/certification include, but are not limited to: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Mathematics Education, and Master of Arts in Teaching.

On-Campus Programs that may lead to licensure/certification include, but are not limited to: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and all Secondary Education programs (Mathematics, English, Physical Education, Health, History, Biology, Chemistry, Social Science). 

Professional Licensure/Certification links and resources:

Teacher licensure requirements vary depending on state laws and may include several factors, such as:

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree program
  • Submission of transcripts
  • Completion and clearance of a background check
  • Passing of required state-specific entrance exams and basic skills tests
  • Application fee
  • Exam fees
  • Additional Coursework
  • Specialized trainings and certifications

The MSU Office of Extended Learning with the assistance of the MSU Division of Education is creating a state list of requirements for teacher licensure in other states that will soon be posted to the MSU website. Prospective students seeking licensure outside the state of North Dakota should contact either Misti Wuori ( in the Office of Extended Learning or the Division of Teacher Education to determine state licensure requirements.

Note: Individual state licensure requirements are subject to change anytime.

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