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Statement of the Department of English, June 9, 2020

The Department of English at the University of Central Oklahoma deplores the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis, and it condemns the continuing, disproportionate, and frequently deadly physical, psychological, and socio-economic violence directed against Black people and People of Color across the country and in our own communities.

We support those who, through protest actions, call for change on the national, regional, and local levels in order to challenge—and, ultimately, to eliminate—the systemic racism, the unchecked abuse of institutional power, and the overt and covert discrimination that continue to make such tragedies not only possible but devastatingly frequent. We hear you. We stand with you. Black Lives Matter.

Read the Full Statement and find links to additional resources on the Department's News page.

From Moby Dick to mobile blogging, writing takes many forms. Our English courses reflect this spectrum by giving everyone the ability to be a creative, ethical, and engaged citizen and to contribute to the intellectual, cultural, economic, and social advancement of our local and global communities. English courses are a core requirement of every college experience at UCO. Our goal is to have these central courses help you grow as a person, think freely and critically, and prepare you for whatever is next on The Road.

Students speakingIf you choose to major, or minor, in English, you may tailor your courses and focus of work to correspond with your passion and areas of interest. Planning to write a screenplay, become a teacher, or write anything in your future? A degree in English is right for you. Did you know, we are one of the largest departments on campus? Each semester, our Department serves approximately 300 undergraduate majors, 80 graduate majors, and approximately 3,000 Core Curriculum writing students.

We proudly offer four Bachelor of Arts programs:

  • English
  • Creative Writing
  • Technical Writing
  • English Education

At the graduate level, we offer four Master of Arts programs:

  • Composition and Rhetoric
  • Creative Writing
  • Literature
  • Teaching English as a Second Language

We also sponsor a wide range of resume-building programs including vibrant student organizations, public lectures, readings and book signings, film series, and publications including the College of Liberal Arts' literary journal, New Plains Review. Thinking about becoming an English Major? Contact your advisor or any member of our faculty and we're here to help.


Attention, Short Story Writers living in or writing about Oklahoma, New Mexico, or Texas!

The Everett Southwest Literary Award opens November 1st, 2020, for the 2020-2021 contest season and runs through December 15th, 2020.  The first and second place winner will be announced in early 2021.

First place receives $5,000 and the second place manuscript will receive $3,000.

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