Why Study Here?

The SMU Department of English faculty help students think and write with clarity and grace as they prepare to work in a world where communication has become the signature endeavor.

Our undergraduate majors and minors will enter the arenas of government, law, business, public service, the arts, education, and every other field, mindful of the importance of language and imagination in effecting change. At the same time, the graduate students in our Ph.D. program are being prepared to join faculties at the best universities in the world.

Department Features

Internationally Recognized Faculty faculty teaching a class

Internationally Recognized Faculty

SMU History Professor Paves a Digital Path to the Past
Local and National Internship Opportunities student intern working

Local and National Internship Opportunities

Undergraduate students have opportunities to be involved in faculty research and internships.
Diverse Coursework students presenting in class

Diverse Coursework

The department's courses include rich offerings that cover various time periods and parts of the world. 

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Internship Opportunities

The department offers the opportunity to earn up to three credit hours for an approved internship.

Innovative Graduate Study

The department has particular strengths in the history of the Southwest borderlands and the American West, American political history, the history of race in America, and early American history.

Top Notch Students

We help students build their cultural competency, critical thinking, and global skill sets to best prepare them for life after graduation.

Faculty Expertise

Faculty specialization in fields ranging from North America, Latin America, Europe, and the non-Western world.