English Department

English Department at a Glance

Undergraduate Studies in English

Put your passion for literature and writing to good use. When you major or minor in English at Cleveland State University, you will hone skills that employers consistently want in college graduates: critical thinking and analysis, written and oral communication, creative problem solving, and research proficiency. As an English major at Cleveland State, you will benefit from small classes taught by our outstanding faculty, who will guide you through our programs and degree tracks that include concentrations in Literature, Creative Writing, Honors, and Secondary Teaching.

Recent courses include:

  • ENG 203 Creative Writing: Forms and Techniques
  • ENG 208 Womanism/ Feminism
  • ENG 345 American Graphic Novels
  • ENG 355 Journeys and Transformations in Literature
  • Recent Senior Seminar (ENG 495) topics include Going to Hell in the Renaissance and Experimental African American Literature

Graduate Studies in English

Master of Arts (MA): Graduate students in the Department of English’s Master of Arts degree program may concentrate in Literature or Creative Writing.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA): Additionally, the English Department at Cleveland State is part of the NorthEast Ohio Master of Fine Arts (NEOMFA) in Creative Writing, a four-university consortium incorporating the faculty and resources of Cleveland State University, Kent State University, Youngstown State University, and the University of Akron.

Recent Graduate level courses include:

  • ENG 506 – Composition Theory
  • ENG 575 – Shakespeare
  • ENG 563 – Women Playwrights
  •  ENG 616 – MFA Literature: Noir & Neo-Noir
  • Recent Graduate Seminar (ENG 695) topics include The Rise of the British Novel and John Donne: Sex and Salvation

Notable Graduates

English majors at Cleveland State University have gone on to have successful careers; take a look at the following list of CSU English Alumni:

  • Kevin Keating, Author, The Natural Order of Things (Vintage, 2014), Los Angeles Times Finalist for First Fiction
  • Doug Koi, Vice-president, Commercial Real Estate, Huntington Bank
  • Patricia Leebove, Business Relationship Manager, Eaton Corporation
  • Richard Lillie, Head of Litigation, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff
  • Andrew Pegman, District Director, LEAD at Cuyahoga Community College
  • Scott Raab, Author, The Whore of Akron (Harper, 2011), and contributing journalist for Esquire
  • Elaine Richardson, Author, Motivational Speaker, and Professor at Ohio State University
  • Rachel Stallard, Brand Voice Ambassador, Arhaus
  • Carol Story, Producer, CBS News (NY)