Welcome to the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages 

Our Department houses three disciplines leading to a variety of majors and minors, and our faculty members are committed teacher-scholars in literature, linguistics, languages, writing, philosophy, and religious studies. The Department also houses MSUB's Writing Program, which serves all undergraduate students, and a graduate program Certificate in Teaching Creative and Expository Writing. 

The mission of the undergraduate English Program is to provide students with an understanding and appreciation of the development and aesthetic achievement of literatures in English – including the cultural, linguistic, and historical influences on English, American and world literatures – as well as preparation in the craft of creative writing: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and other genres. In Philosophy and Religious Studies, the Department provides students with diverse ethical, philosophical, religious and cultural perspectives. In Modern Languages the Department’s mission is to provide students with critical skills in the use of the Spanish language and familiarity with the cultures and literatures of that language, both Peninsular and Latin American. The Department also offers French, German, and other languages. 

What are the Humanities? 

The term humanities, broadly defined, refers to the study of human cultures, languages, and systems of meaning and values. Students of the humanities explore the interrelated disciplines of philosophy, literature, religion, art, music, history and language. The MSUB Department of English, Philosophy & Modern Languages prepares students to engage in these disciplines with historical perspective and an appreciation for complexity, nuance, and difference.  We encourage our undergraduates to develop their own positions and arguments, to articulate them clearly and incisively, and to be leaders in a rapidly changing century.

Why Study the Humanities?


Why Study the Humanities?

 The Return of the Liberal Arts Major

Why "Worthless" Humanities Degrees May Set You Up For Life 

Unexpected Career Paths for Majors (from Carlton College)

On Humanities in the 21st century workplace

What Can I Do With an English Degree?

Stanford University: "Why the Humanities Matter"

"How Humanities Can Help Fix the World"

"Why Everyone Should Study the Liberal Arts, Even Future Doctors and Engineers"

"Why Med Schools Are Requiring Arts Classes"


 Spring 2020 Courses

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Recent Faculty Publications

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Department News



Koryn Kelly


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Tom Nurmi selected as 2019 Cox Fellow

Danell Jones has a new book -- An African in Imperial London: The Indomitable Life of A.B. C. Merriman-Labor -- out in September.

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An African in Imperial London

Danell Jones



Professors Regele and Berru-Davis led a trip to Peru in May!

MSUB students in Peru
MSUB students in Peru


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Long-time faculty member Randall Gloege’s collection of poetry The Bunch Grass Motel is a finalist for the 2018 High Plains Book Award in Poetry

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Faculty member Bernie Quetchenbach's collection of essays Accidental Gravity is an Honorable Mention for the Foreword Indies Book of the Year in Essays.

 Alumni Spotlight

Laura-Ashlee Twiford teaching at Stream Academy in Anchorage, AK
“I'm currently teaching middle school at Stream Academy, a brand new charter school in Alaska. It's the first year of the charter and my first year teaching, so I am quite tired as well (and not just with grading). I'm the only Language Arts teacher of 77 students with two sections of 6th grade, a section of 7th, and a section of 8th. Oh, and I also teach a social dance elective. Whew!

All things considered, I really do love middle school. It took me a while to calibrate, but they are really delightful.

I've decided that I really should do better with keeping in touch with everyone from the English Department. There's something about being a part of something so meaningful for such a short period of time that makes me sad and proud at the same time.”

- Laura-Ashlee Twiford, ‘16