English majors study the 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.
The department offers a B.A. in English with concentrations in African American Literature, Creative Writing, Literature, Professional Writing or Teacher Certification. All concentrations take a core of English classes that includes two literature surveys, one early literature class, one diversity literature class, one advanced writing class, and one language or theory class, and English Capstone. Other requirements vary by concentration. We also offer minors in English and Creative Writing and a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language.
The W offers a Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing. It is a 48-hour program that can be completed in two to three years (or longer if students choose to attend part time). Students take online classes, combined with two types of brief residency classes. Online classes include Graduate Writing Workshops in Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Playwriting, Translation, and Writing for New Media, as well as Literature and Form classes.
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.