The B.A. in English requires basic coursework in literature, writing, and language theory, and provides flexibility to students in pursuing additional courses that match their areas of interest and career goals. It can lead to graduate study in English, creative writing, law, or other academic or professional areas. Graduates who have majored in English have pursued careers in writing (profession-based, journalism, and creative), legal and health care fields, data and information technology, the arts, publishing, business, and education law, insurance, business, teaching, and a variety of other professions.
The English Department houses the journalism program, which includes campus publications (The Yip and the campus radio station, The Pack) and a minor. Minors, with course flexibility, are also offered in English and Writing. Many majors and minors pursue internships that include workplace-writing responsibilities, earning course credits and Experiential Learning credit. Students also gain experience serving on the editorial board of the campus literary and arts journal The Flintlock.
Department Learning Outcomes
Majors will be able to:
- Through revision, write clearly and effectively.
- Write for a variety of purposes and audiences.
- Create original scholarship that demonstrates effective disciplinary research and reporting.
- Understand the development, structure, and functions of the English language.
- Demonstrate, through writing and discussion, critical and analytical reading.
- Understand the forms and traditions of literature in English within its various historical and cultural contexts.
- Acquire a basic understanding of critical theory (e.g., rhetorical, literary, sociocultural, feminist) and apply that understanding in their interpretation and production of texts.
- Identify potential career paths.