The department offers a B.A. in English with concentrations in creative writing or teacher education and a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language. English majors study the multi-ethnic literatures of the English speaking world, linguistics, literary theory, creative and expository writing, and the history of the language. An English major learns and polishes skills that are always in demand by employers, such as critical thinking and creative problem-solving, focused research, sophisticated written and oral communication, the ability to appreciate differences, as well as the capacity to explain complex issues. An English degree offers flexibility in choice of major and elective courses while, providing students with the practical skills to adapt to employment in the rapidly changing world. While many English graduates move into the workforce immediately after graduation, many use this degree to prepare for graduate school in the humanities or professional careers in law, media, publishing, communication, public policy, medicine, information systems and business.
Teacher Certification in Secondary English provides prospective teachers with the attitudes, content, pedagogical knowledge and skills necessary for a teaching career in middle or high school. The curriculum immerses students in the English Language Arts content area, balancing preparatory pedagogical courses with direct application of knowledge and skills through meaning field experiences.
The Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) prepares students to teach English to non-native speakers. The certificate is an ideal choice for students interested in teaching in elementary, middle or high schools, in teaching abroad, or in teaching adults in the workplace. Junior or senior status and completion of at least six hours of core English classes are required before beginning the twelve hours of certificate coursework.
To complete a Concentration in Creative Writing, students take at least three creative writing courses and develop a senior portfolio along with their coursework for the English major. The creative writing program offers introductory courses in Creative Writing and Non-fiction Prose as well as advanced workshops in fiction and poetry. Technical and Business Writing and Seminar for Playwrights (offered by the Department of Theatre) can also be applied toward the concentration.
Students may also earn a minor in English by completing nine hours of English core classes and fifteen additional hours of other English courses.