The English Department at Bemidji State offers two separate, well-structured programs that lead to different avenues and careers for undergraduates: BA in English Literature and a BS: English Teacher Licensure program. With us you can earn a certificate in Electronic Writing and a Minor in English. We also have MA and MS in English if you wish to spend your graduate years with us.

Ours majors will hone and develop your skills in understanding rhetoric, developing personal writing styles, effective teaching skills, and structuring arguments efficiently, just to name a few.

Please see our Graduate Programs and Undergraduate Programs page for more information.


Recasting Web Text

Draw on advice from Hot Text, chapters 4 and 5 to recast the text of the English Department landing page.

Special pay special attention to
Price presents techniques throughout this chapter, but you will cut - reword and re-cast without mercy - rearrange - keep attention ("Welcome to ..." has become marketing fluff and means "Don't bother reading this page.") - while maintaining contact. Keep your eye on Audience Fit sections in the chapter. Keep your eye on Price's Before / After examples.

A special challenge in this pages is how the text is linked to other pages. See what you can do with that.

Be ready to explain your choices. You may even want to try a couple of versions.


Welcome to the English Department

Dedicated to those with the passion of English that's in all of us

The English Department at Bemidji State prides itself as still being the only university in Minnesota that offers an undergraduate degree in Professional and Creative Writing. In addition, BSU also offers two separate, well-structured programs that lead to different avenues and careers for undergraduates: BA in English Literature and a BS: English Teacher Licensure program. We also offer a certificate in Electronic Writing and a Minor in English as well. Please see our Undergraduate Programs page for more information. If that weren't enough, BSU also offers an MA and MS in English. Please see our Graduate Programs page for contact and course information.

Concentrators in any of the majors will hone and develop skills in understanding rhetoric, developing personal writing styles, effective teaching skills, and structuring arguments efficiently, just to name a few. To list every useful skill the English Department teaches and prepares you to use in everyday life would be a daunting and exhausting task.

The faculty understands each and every student has distinct and different goals they wish to achieve while at Bemidji State. This is why it is important to create a repertoire with professors and your adviser so you can assure your goals will be successfully achieved, as well as effectively preparing you for each subsequent path of life you travel down. Your adviser will hear your aspirations, your thoughts, your vision and will recommend certain courses for your education, and perhaps even multiple degrees.

The English Department values communication and community as the backbone of the degrees here at Bemidji State. With student resources such as 'Verb_L', the Writing Resource Center, Hole in the Wall, Old English Reading Group, 'Eat Your Words', you're kept informed with upcoming events hosted by the department and changes to courses and programs.

If you want to go on for a PhD, to write a book of poems, or to be the English major on the staff at an organization or business--the one who knows how to read critically and write beautifully--you can find the path here.
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