If you are interested in a lifelong journey of self-discovery through the study of literature and the expression of thought through the English language, consider a major in English at University of Jamestown.

English Fact Sheet

University of Jamestown English Distinctions

English studies at University of Jamestown involve both literature and writing, combining the pursuit of self-knowledge and personal development with preparation for a variety of interesting and rewarding careers. University of Jamestown also offers the only undergraduate minor in Creative Writing in the state of North Dakota. As an English major at University of Jamestown, you’ll benefit from:

  • Classes taught by highly qualified faculty, not graduate students
  • Opportunity to pursue a complementary major in English Secondary Education and/or a concentration in Writing
  • Small class sizes with the focus on excellence in teaching and student learning
  • Significant opportunities for international study, hands-on field experience, and co-curricular activities
  • Creative opportunities to write for Plainsong, the University's journal of literature and art, and The Collegian, its award-winning student newspaper.

Proven Success

  • University of Jamestown students score above the national average on the ACT test, and have maintained grade point averages well above the general college population.
  • University of Jamestown English graduates are prepared for diverse career opportunities.

Specific coursework for this major is outlined can be Viewed Here or downloaded here.

Our Academic Catalogs provide information on policies and procedures, the admissions process, programs of study, and degree requirements.

As course offerings can change from semester to semester, working with the Registrar’s office will ensure that your courses are kept on schedule so that you can graduate in four years.

David Godfrey, PhDProfessor

Certifications/Degrees: PhD, University of Kentucky
Teaches: Surveys in American Literature and studies in the American Novel, the American Short Story, and African-American Literature

More information about the chair.

Certifications/Degrees: PhD Rhetoric and Composition from University of Louisville; MA in Rhetoric and Writing from University of New Mexico; BA in Linguistics from Boston University;


Certifications/Degrees: PhD, Louisiana State University
Teaches: Shakespeare, English Literature to 1785, History of the English Language, and other courses in British Language and Literature


Certifications/Degrees: Honorary Doctor of Letters, NDSU; Honorary Doctor of Literature, Geneva College North Dakota State University and Geneva College; Poet Laureate of North Dakota
Teaches: creative writing courses, World Literature since 1500, Native American Literature, and Contemporary American Fiction


Certifications/Degrees: PhD, Vanderbilt University
Teaches: Romantic and Victorian Literature, Modern Poetry, and English Literature since 1785

  • University of Jamestown
    English & Theatre Arts Department
    6046 College Lane
    Jamestown ND, 58405

  • David Godfrey, PhD Professor

    dgodfrey@uj.edu | PH: 701-252-3467 ext. 5584