Skilled jobs in the 21st century will go to people who can communicate in a variety of situations with people from all walks of life and through media and technology. Our courses can get you started on a career path in education, government, publishing, business, law, healthcare, journalism, library science, social work, industry, or the public sector. Graduates with English backgrounds have gone on to pursue advanced degrees in literature, linguistics, TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages), writing, rhetoric, communication, law, library and information science, engineering, medicine, and business administration, to name but a few. In our courses, you'll explore both the classics and the cutting edge. You'll become a strong writer and critical thinker with the skills to succeed in many different career fields.
The Office of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of English is located in Bate 2201. Contact us via email at
If you pursue the
Bachelor's of Arts in English, you'll take four core classes, gaining a solid foundation for your reading, writing, and analytical skills. You'll also take eight electives in English, Film, and/or Linguistics. To help you choose your electives, you'll receive one-on-one advising from a faculty member who knows you and your interests well. You may use your electives toward a certificate (see below). You'll also select a minor.
If you pursue a minor in the Department of English, you can choose from the
creative writing minor,
film studies minor, or
You can also choose to earn one of the two undergraduate certificates we offer: the
Business and Technical Communication certificate or the
TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate.