Student Resources

Explore helpful resources like scholarships, internships, and study abroad options, and get the support you need to succeed! If you cannot find what you are looking for, please contact the Department's main office.

First year writing plays an important role in the General Education program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The purpose of the General Education program is to equip students with "those capabilities essential for all college-educated adults facing the twenty-first century," including "skills needed for effective understanding and communication of ideas" (Undergraduate Bulletin). Our first year writing courses provide opportunities for students to explore how writing works across disciplines, modalities, and literacies.

First-year writing falls under Goal Area 1A of our General Education curriculum. To fulfill Part A of Goal Area 1, students must enroll in English 101: Foundations of Writing & Rhetoric, a one-semester, four-credit writing course, and pass it with a grade of "C" or higher. 

Some students benefit from taking an additional writing course, before enrolling in English 101, to strengthen their preparation for college-level writing. English 100: Academic Reading & Writing introduces students to writing in particular contexts, including varied academic disciplines.

Placement in English 101 or English 100 is determined by the student’s ACT or SAT scores and/or high school GPA (for domestic students) or TOEFL or IELTS scores (for international students). An on-campus Accuplacer test is also an available placement option for all students.

For more information on First-Year Writing, contact Dr. Kelly Moreland.

The Department of English has several scholarships which undergraduate and graduate students can apply for on an annual basis.

  • Brian Sether Memorial Scholarship
  • Carol J. Houdek English Scholarship
  • Dr. Donald B. and Burnetta Youel English Scholarship
  • Dr. Mel L. Strand's English Educator Enrichment Endeavor
  • Eddice B. Barber English Education Scholarship
  • Harold J. Fitterer Scholarship for the Arts and Humanities
  • Innovation in Teaching Writing Award
  • Jane F. Earley American Literature Scholarship
  • Louis C. and Rebecca Solo Scholarship
  • Norman Adams English Scholarship
  • William A. Payne Memorial English Scholarship

Scholarship applications for currently enrolled students are open for the month of February every year.

Apply for Scholarships


Our students can take advantage of the many study abroad programs through the Kearney International Center, some of which allow students to pay the tuition rate of their home institution, thus reducing study abroad costs.

More Information about Faculty-Led Study Abroad and Partnerships with Universities Abroad. Explore Study Abroad


Our programs may offer discipline-specific internships including teaching internships. 

For further information on internships suitable to your specific English degree and eligibility requirements, consult the following:

Our students have the opportunity to have their work featured in various publications through our department.

Students have the opportunity to join a variety of student organizations at the undergraduate and graduate levels that build community and enrich the educational experience.

The following forms are specific to our English Department graduate students:

Graduate Conference Funding Application

Other University-wide graduate forms can be found on the College of Graduate Studies & Research page.


If you have any questions about any of our English Graduate Programs, please contact our Graduate Programs Director, Abigail Bakke.

The English Department offers graduate teaching assistantships at stipends of approximately $10,000 over two semesters. For the required materials for a TA application, please see the job description on Handshake.


Graduate assistants receive full tuition remission for up to 18 credits per academic year and are required to enroll in a minimum of six credits each semester.

For more information on English Graduate Assistantships, contact Abigail Bakke.


Students may be eligible to request travel funding from departments. 

For the Department of English, follow the link toRequest for Student Travel Funding

Read what students have to say about our English program.

We have a video guide to help you navigate our Capstone Projects in MS and MA programs.