For students majoring in English, the program provides a foundation in literature, language, writing, visual literacy, and teaching. Thus students' command of written language, their ability to analyze concepts, and their broad understanding of human nature and social realities will enable them to be competitive in a variety of fields, including education, business, and civil service or, with appropriate graduate work, in professions such as law and higher education.
The English Major may choose to declare no concentration, or the English Major may choose to declare a concentration in one of the following:
- literature, film and media studies
- secondary school teaching, leading to licensure
Students who are considering a major in the English Department are expected to consult with faculty for advising. Students in elementary or secondary licensure programs should consult with advisors in the School of Education as well.
To receive major or minor credit for any ENG or LING prefix course, the student must receive a grade of "C-" or better. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required.