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Department of English


We acknowledge that our university is located on and continues to benefit from ancestral lands that were unwillingly ceded by the Kanza, now the Kaw Nation of Oklahoma, particularly in the treaties of 1825 and 1846. Today, Kansas is home to four federally recognized Indigenous nations:  the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas, the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, and the Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska

From retellings of The Tempest to contemporary classics like Beloved and Ceremony,from issues of linguistic diversity to Students’ Rights to Their Own Language, the practice of English as a discipline is inherently intersectional and linked to complex literary and cultural histories and complicated presents. To reflect that complexity, our teaching, service, creative activity, and scholarship foster conversations about race and racism, ethnicity, immigration, ability, gender, sexuality, class, Indigeneity, and colonialisms. Our department has adopted core values that support such conversations and we seek to uphold those values throughout our work.

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We value curricula that foreground diverse intellectual traditions. Our course offerings include classes in literature, film, creative writing, cultural studies, professional writing, and composition and rhetorical studies that reflect this investment. For example:


Regular Course Offerings

Identities, Power, and Cultural Text (185); Intro to American Ethnic Literatures (285); Multicultural Children’s Literatures  (384); American Ethnic Literatures (385); African American Literatures (386); Native American Literatures (387); Asian American Literatures (388); Latino/a Literatures (389); Linguistics for Teachers (435); American English (476); Holocaust Literature (575); World Literatures (580); Selected Topics in American Ethnic Literatures (655).


Selected Recent Topics Courses

African American Cinema (420); Indigenous Film (420); Multicultural American Literature (655); What is African American Literature? (655); Louise Erdrich (660); Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison (660); Wilder, Erdrich, and Taylor: Family Sagas and U.S. History (660); 1001 Arabian Nights: Empires, Orientalism and the Origins of Disney’s Aladdin (670); Asian American Literature (680); Afrofuturism and  African Diasporic Speculative Fiction (695); Hamilton in Context (695); Multiethnic Young Adult Literature (695); Hip Hop and/as Literature (710); Queer Theory (740); Language, Power, and the Politics of Exclusion in U.S. Higher Education (753); Sovereign Erotics: Queer Indigenous Literature and Theory (830); Post-9/11 Literature and Culture (730); African American Children’s Literature (725); Welcome to the Apocalypse (745); Avant-Garde Asian American Fiction (825); Global Comics (730); Postcolonial and Mythological Children’s Literature (825).


Student Learning Outcomes and Curriculum Overlay Requirements 

Engagement and Programming

K-State’s English Department initiates and supports many projects to diversify the intellectual and creative experiences of our students and to foreground the intellectual traditions of queer, Indigenous, BIPOC, and other underrepresented communities. 


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Campus Resources 


General Resources


Faculty/Staff Affinity Associations


Multicultural Student Organizations


Awards and Scholarships


Immigration Resources


Legal and Economic Resources


Disability Resources


Gender and Sexuality Resources


Teaching and Mentoring Resources


Mental Health Resources 


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