Larissa Hastings (Photo by Daniel Binkard/Chadron State College)WORK WITH WORDS…

We offer affordable, high- impact study in writing, literature, humanities and philosophy.  Our close-knit program is a great fit for students who want something different from the big schools.  If you are an avid reader or writer, chances are good that we are the department where you will find your interests best served. We take a proper pride in ourselves and our programs, and we are especially proud of our students and recent graduates.  Among the latter, we have a number of secondary English teachers, including one who was named Nebraska’s “Rookie Teacher of the Year.”  We have seen graduates go to advanced study in graduate school, to law school, and, in one case, to seminary for a divinity degree.  They all found that their training in reading, writing and critical thinking at CSC served them well.

We offer both the Bachelor of Arts degree and the Bachelor of Science degree with endorsement to teach English or the Language Arts, and minors in such diverse subjects as writing, comparative philosophy and K-8 English Education.

Department faculty members represent an array of specialties in English and the Humanities.  They came to CSC from graduate schools across the country, and they hold memberships in a variety of professional organizations.  In addition to their teaching, they write and present papers at national conferences and publish their work in books and scholarly journals.  Above all, they love to teach.

One recent summer I found myself promoting our program at the information fair, where a good number of students crinkled their noses at the prospect of a major or minor that would put them front and center in front of more books and more papers. This discipline can be a hard sell to pretty much anyone who is not already passionate about reading and writing, even though it remains one of the best general purpose degrees around. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published an article that made a very strong case for just such a degree program for students planning careers in law, medicine and even science (here is the link).

English and Humanities at Chadron State is not here to try and convert unwilling writers and readers into English majors, but instead to encourage those people out there who already have a passion for these disciplines, but who can’t imagine making a career out of them, to consider a future where you get to work with words every day. Where you get paid for your passion!


English and Humanities News

ImagePlease Visit our Department Blog for words from our faculty and insights from our students, including the TOP TEN REASONS TO BECOME AN ENGLISH MAJOR. Jump HERE.

Why become an English Major? If you love to read and write, you have probably asked yourself — how can I develop these interests even more? And how can I make a living, doing what I love? How can I get paid for my passion of reading, writing, exploring and engaging great literature?

Advanced study in English offers a pathway towards many careers where you can make a living with the written word. But before you land that dream job, you have to feed the fire of your passion even more, and learn more, and explore more; the programs offered by the Department of English and Humanities at Chadron State College may be the perfect place for this exploration. Check out our menu above–read through our extensive blogs about the program, find out more about our program and how you can learn to make a living working with words!

Get Outside…

Here you see one of our students contemplating the wilderness area right behind campus, pen and  pad at the

Larissa Hastings (Photo by Daniel Binkard/Chadron State College)ready to record her thoughts. As the gallery below affirms, our students enjoy unprecedented access to writing and literary events throughout their college careers. We’ve recently sent students to Portland to attend conferences and share their writing with an international audience. We’ve gone to visit the childhood home of Willa Cather, and we’ve been meeting outside the school year for the Story Catcher  Summer Writing Workshop, where we have been able to bring renowned writers to campus and share their insights and inspiration with writers right here in our region. These are just some of the many opportunities to leave your comfort zone and open your world to new experiences and influences.

But what about AFTER you walk across that stage and get your diploma?  Evidence suggests that an English Degree can land you a good job in a wide variety of fields. But if you are truly passionate about reading and writing, and THAT is where you want to make your living, then there is no better place to get started than with the training and experiences that our program can provide. We will put you on the path to careers where English and Humanities students excel, and where they can make a living working with words: Promotions, Journalism, Law, Media Relations, Creative Services, Non-Profits, Social Networking, Government, Real Estate, Clergy, Film, Teaching and Writing… these are just a sampling of the jobs where you can truly get PAID FOR YOUR PASSION and WORK WITH WORDS in every part of your life!

We encourage you to visit our website at, on Facebook, and at Twitter: @outsideyourself. Here you can learn more about our various programs, our courses and schedules, and our faculty. You can also see and hear what happens in English and Humanities at CSC by clicking on the various links to multimedia, articles and information items. Finally, we have posted a number of resources and links explaining why English is a great degree choice for those who want to be prepared for a wide variety of skills and occupations once they graduate.

Once you learn about our programs, we hope that you will apply. Visit the CSC webpage for further details.



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