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Department of English and Language Arts

English and Language Arts

COVID-19 Response from the Department of English

As a response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Department of English will be operating remotely from an off-campus location. Our on-campus offices will remain closed until further notice. You may still contact our offices by emailing the chair, Dr. Jules White (, or our administrative assistant, Ms. Crystal Brown-Helem ( Phone-in information will be posted as soon as possible.

Our faculty and staff remain committed to student success.

The Department of English and Language Arts invites you to join us in helping tomorrow's leaders, thinkers, writers and scholars get to where they want to be.

Whether it's in a seminar in Shakespeare or popular culture, a poetry-writing workshop, or a course in filmmaking, feminism, or the African American novel, as a student in the Department of English and Language Arts at Morgan State University, you'll find yourself in a stimulating environment with some of the most celebrated and dynamic professors in the thriving field of English and Language arts.

More than ever, employers want to hire graduates with a breadth of knowledge and the critical thinking skills needed for the fast-paced environment of the 21st century workplace. Our faculty prepare a variety of scholars for whatever sort of challenge they may face, whether it is in business, education, law, journalism or the vast array of careers in which English majors thrive.

The major in English requires a total of 54-60 credits, depending on the student's choice of concentration. The 33-credit CORE sequence includes courses in English, American, and African American literature, along with courses in literary criticism and the history of the English language. Students may form concentrations in Creative Writing, Language Arts, or Literature and Language. The department is also home to the  undergraduate major in Screenwriting and Animation (SWAN).

Students outside of the major will fulfill their English and Humanities core requirements with the department, and we encouage these students to explore our catalog for courses that may align with their personal, professional or academic interests.

Department News

12 February, 2018

Morgan State University will hold a Sesquicentennial Symposium in honor of the 150th birthday of W. E. B. Du Bois (February 23, 1868 - August 27, 1963) in the University Student Center on Feb. 23, 2018.

The symposium will offer a rare opportunity to watch students from the University of Debate engage in a cross-examination format in a spirited debate of the competing visions of black advancement articulated by Du Bois and Booker T. Washington including the politics of Black Lives Matter.

The University of Debate offers access to some of debate's top talent to develop, grow and thrive through first hand experiences with debate and public speaking. Opportunities and services focus on the needs of communities of color that have lost access to debate due to financial, political and social reasons. All of the participants of this debate were a part of the former Baltimore Urban Debate League HS Debate Program, which is no longer servicing high school debate in Baltimore City.

This event is free and open to the public.

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1 February, 2018

Local and national media took notice of Screenwriting and Animation (a program of the Department of English) alumnus Kyle Yearwood and his art after he flipped a racist advertisement on it's end.

After creating artwork responding to a now infamous H&M advertisement, Yearwood's version of work went viral, receiving hundreds of thousands of views on Instagram, and gaining the attention celebrities and news media.

Watch CBS interview Yearwood and hear him discuss the ad, his work and his vision here.

1 January, 2018

The 2017 Ford-Turpin Conference is just around the corner! This year Dr. Laurence P. Jackson will deliver the keynote address, "From Post War to Cold War: Black Critics and Novelists of the 1950s. The luncheon address will be presented by the department's own Dr. Burney J. Hollis, and will be followed by a poetry slam by MSU Poets.

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