The English major focuses on language as art, as communication, and as a reflection of culture. Through required courses, students gain familiarity with major topics in literature and language and gain experience with different modes of written communication. Electives allow students to pursue particular spheres of interest in the field. During the senior year, students complete an internship in an area related to the study of English and complete a research project in a subject of interest. All course work emphasizes the development of sophisticated writing skills. Students in this major may prepare to be teachers in either elementary or secondary school. Students interested in this option should follow the requirements for English with Elementary Education Concentration or English with Secondary Education Concentration. This major also helps students to prepare for careers that involve oral and written communication as well as analytical skills. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Humanities Department.
The Humanities Department offers a major in English with two areas of concentration: