English (Writing Emphasis)

Writing Concentration Check Sheet [PDF]


The Department of English offers undergraduate programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. Students who graduate with a B.A., a B.A. with Writing Emphasis, or a B.A. with Secondary Certification have learned to read critically and write intelligently about literature and related fields. They will be familiar with works in drama, prose, and poetry from both the Western and non-Western traditions and have a knowledge of the structures of language, the genres in which literature is classified, the historical contexts of literature and the various methodologies that facilitate the analysis and understanding of literature. Most important, graduates in English have some insight into the world of ideas, their own and those of others.


Students in English begin their studies by enrolling in a core of introductory courses that gives them a basic, general understanding of literature. They continue their studies by enrolling in elective courses that allow in-depth examination of certain historical periods, literary movements and individual authors. Students will take a seminar and, upon approval, may work closely with an individual faculty member in the writing of a senior thesis. The English department also offers a variety of internships.

Career Opportunities

More career opportunities are opening for college and university graduates who can read and write well. 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.

English B.A. with Writing Emphasis Program (42 crs.)

The department has recently revamped its curriculum to offer more flexibility and more choice. The new check sheet for advising, posted at the top of the page, shows the new curriculum in detail.

All students completing a Bachelor of Arts degree 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.