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The study of literature and language might be the ultimate interdisciplinary curriculum. Understanding literary texts demands that students come to terms with the linguistic, historical, philosophical, psychological, social, scientific, spiritual, and moral conditions in which those texts were created. English graduates will have more fully developed their communication and critical thinking skills, well-prepared for careers beyond.

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Available Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

English majors and minors include not only those preparing to teach English, but also students interested in careers emphasizing written communication and students who wish to use English as the liberal arts foundation for other pre-professional education. The Creative Writing minor fosters exploration and development of written creative expression and increases students’ awareness and knowledge of contemporary creative writing.



English with Secondary Education concentration




Creative Writing 


English majors study literature from different periods, genres, and national traditions. All English majors complete introductory courses in American, British, and world literature before choosing upper-level electives that allow students to consider specific authors, genres, movements and cultures. Course requirements for the English major includes 48 credit hours, divided among English core classes, electives​, six hours of ​French, German, or Spanish, and six hours of history electives.

To become certified for teaching English in a high school setting, students must complete all requirements for the Department of Teacher Education. English majors with the Secondary Education concentration have an additional set of English core and electives, six hours of Spanish, and courses in the fine arts, history, and personal and community health.

English minors complete introductory courses in American, British and world literature as well as two upper-level literature courses and an elective course of the student’s choice.

The Creative Writing minor is distinct from the English major and minor, as it may be taken with any other major in the College. Students complete an introductory course in creative writing before choosing to concentrate in either fiction or poetry writing. Creative Writing minors also complete two upper-level literature courses.

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