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Earn your degree in English!



The Department of English offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, which provide a thorough education in literature through the ages, while also focusing on literature of the Southwest. Students may choose to minor in English or professional writing.

We offer the only English secondary teacher-training program in the region in conjunction with the university’s School of Education. We also provide training for elementary education through the English major and minor. Students can gain first-hand editorial publishing experience working for The New Mexico Review, the department’s literary journal, which attracts national and international submissions.

Job Prospects
One of the top ten majors in universities across the country, English provides the strong writing, communication and critical thinking skills that employers value more than ever. The degree has multiple applications and along with teaching can be a gateway to a number of exciting writing and editing careers, including publishing, journalism, web content writing, technical writing, copywriting, grant writing, and more.

One of the fastest growing career choices for English graduates is in the business sector, including management and human resources. Further, English degrees provide an excellent foundation for law school and other graduate programs.

Our rigorous M.A. program prepares students to pursue doctoral programs in English and creative writing, and we offer the only college and secondary teacher-training program in freshman composition in the region. Along with teaching composition, graduate students tutor in the Gina Briefs-Elgin Writing Center.

Our dedicated and diverse faculty has extensive expertise in creative writing, literature of the Southwest, contemporary linguistics and sociolinguistics, British literature from Old English to the present day, Chicano/a discourse, multiethnic American literature, Postcolonial and Anglophone literatures, and more.

Undergraduate catalog: English

Undergraduate course requirements: English

Courses in English

The New Mexico Highlands undergraduate catalog outlines your options and the steps you need to take to complete degree requirements for your chosen major. To ensure the seamless completion of your degree, consult often with your academic adviser and utilize Highlands’ Degree Audit tool to keep track of your academic progress.

Graduate admission requirements: English

Course catalog: English

Graduate courses in English

Graduate students are assigned to a faculty adviser within their area of study. The faculty adviser will help the student complete a program of study to satisfy the specific course requirements within their area, outlined in the Graduate Catalog.  The courses listed must satisfy the course requirements prescribed in the catalog of record. The academic adviser will provide guidance in completing your program of study.

Graduate Coordinator
Amanda May:
Office phone: 505-454-3450

Faculty & Staff


Faculty & Staff


We immerse our students in authentic academic and professional settings, providing them with opportunities to bridge theory and practice and to engage in critical reflection that informs action.