Students majoring in English may choose to go to law school, graduate school in English, or to pursue a career in which strong analytical and verbal skills are prized.
The department encourages students to supplement English courses with selected communication courses and courses from other departments.
In selecting courses, students receive careful, individual attention through the department’s four-year Career Development Program, in which students work extensively with the department faculty.
Tracks of Study
English majors select from among three tracks within the department to develop expertise in specific areas or fields within the English discipline.
Within each track, students take an individualized constellation of courses designed to enhance their understanding of one specific aspect of the English discipline.
Tracks of study for English majors include:
- Literary and Cultural Studies Track
- Secondary Education Certification in English Track
- Writing Track
- QPA of 2.33 (C+) required in English
- No course with a grade of D+ or lower is counted toward the major.
English majors will obtain:
- familiarity with major traditions of British and American literature, authors (including women and people of color), works, and genres in their cultural and historical contexts (Major Traditions)
- the ability to engage with a literary text or other cultural artifact, drawing upon the critical, aesthetic, analytical, and social skills appropriate for a member of the contemporary, liberally educated community (Text Analysis)
- the ability to apply theoretical approaches to the study and/or teaching of literature or other cultural artifacts (Theory & Methods)
- information-literacy skills to find, retrieve, evaluate, and present information relevant to an issue or problem, using appropriate attribution (Information Literacy)
- written and oral command of the English language that reflects its potential as a communicative and creative medium (Writing Proficiency & Oral Proficiency)
- the ability to critically interrogate the social, historical, aesthetic, and ethical dimensions of literary and cultural artifacts (Values & Diversity)