Degree Awarded: B.A. in English
Whether you’re a business-savvy tech writer, a passionately creative novelist, a future teacher, or a professional social media expert, the Department of English has a course of study for you. Our courses provide the skills that employers value: critical and creative thinking, innovative research abilities, and high-quality writing. These same skills make the English minor an excellent partner to any major. And the variety of courses online ensures a degree in English can fit any schedule.
Students in this track complete creative writing courses across at least two of the following genres: fiction writing, poetry writing, nonfiction writing, and dramatic writing. Classes consist of a combination of lectures and workshops, with a focus on feedback and revision.
The English Secondary Education track is designed for students who want to turn their interest in English into a career in teaching. Students in this track study literature, creative writing, writing studies, linguistics/history of the English language, and methods of teaching writing and literature\ on the high school level. Students in this track declare a double major of English in the College of Arts & Sciences and Teacher Education in the College of Education & Human Services.
The major in English with emphasis on literature explores texts from all periods of English and American literary history and prepares students to understand the relation of these works to the time in which they were written and to the present day. In addition to learning about different historical contexts and fields of modern thought, students will gain research, critical thinking, and written communication skills.
Students in this track choose from courses which emphasize content areas such as rhetorical techniques in writing, professional writing, and editing. These courses provide students with an understanding of the historical context of writing as a discipline, as well as modern techniques for success in the professional writing world.
English graduates possess a diverse set of skills and experiences that prepare them for a variety of careers. Fields that graduates of the Department of English have entered include: