Degree Programs in English


When you graduate with a degree in English, you get the skills that are highly sought-after by employers. We have three tracks to choose from: Literary Studies, Writing, and Secondary Education. Information on all of these follow in more detail below.

All students completing a Bachelor of Arts degree (including one in English) are required to attain proficiency in a foreign language. Proficiency may be satisfied by completing a language class at the 103 (intermediate) level or three years of any one foreign language in high school. Students may also meet this requirement through AP testing or CLEP testing.

English BA, Literary Studies- 42 credits (Checksheet PDF)

Students pursuing a Bachelor's of the Arts in English can enter into a variety of fields post-graduation. Possible opportunities include journalism, publishing, public relations, and law, just to name a few. With an English major, future career possibilities are endless. English majors are currently in high demand due to their communication skills, writing skills, and ability to think critically in regards to problem solving.

According to an article written by American Express, "There is a pattern of employers asking for more liberal-arts training for all kinds of professions—engineering, medicine, the law, and certainly management...Many people may not know that philosophy and English, not just biology, are common undergraduate majors for physicians."


English BA, Writing Emphasis - 42 credits (Check Sheet PDF)

Majors in the Writing Emphasis can enter into positions including, but not limited to technical writers, editors, copywriters, lexicographers, librarians, or social media managers.

Writing Emphasis students are given the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of different fields via their hands-on curriculum. In fact, more and more companies that usually hire STEM majors are looking for English majors to balance their staff dynamics. In an article published by ReadWrite, a company dedicated to the rise of tech media companies, the importance of English majors is highlighted in connection to their communication skills. The author writes, "Gifted with the ability to communicate through writing, English majors, too, are worth their weight in gold."


English BA, with Secondary Teaching Certification - 39 credits

Checksheet English Major BA with Secondary Certification
Four-Year Timeline English Major BA with Secondary Certification
Checklist of Requirements for English Secondary Certification Students
Level I Guidelines-Fall 2014
Level I Student Form

Students receiving certification must take one course in world literature (ENG240 or ENG385). Visit the official webpage for more information on the program.

English Minor - 18 credits

The English minor fits well with any major where critical thinking and effective communication skills matter. In other words, just about all of them! Students minoring in English take ENG130 Literary Studies for the English Major and Minor (a required prerequisite for all English majors and minors enrolling in 300- or 400-level English courses) and then five additional English courses, two of which must be 300- or 400-level. General education courses in English may not be used to fulfill free electives. May include an internship, up to three credits. Eligible courses for this program can be found in the Course Catalog.

Because success in most professions demands effective thinking, the study of English is excellent preparation for careers in law, medicine, education, technical writing, journalism, theology, personnel, marketing, management, administration, publishing, and writing. Few majors prepare students so well for a variety of careers as English does.

Upon graduation, Shippensburg English majors and minors follow a variety of post-graduate educational and professional paths. Many choose to continue on to earn graduate degrees in English, Creative Writing, Law and other professional specialties from prominent research universities.