English and Writing Degrees

The Department of English and Writing fosters enthusiasm for a comprehensive understanding of literature and for the craft of professional writing.

English and writing majors pursue both breadth and depth of study in the literary tradition, and students are encouraged to extend their knowledge beyond the mainstream through study of multi-ethnic literature, oral traditions, avant-garde and counter-cultural expression, and major contemporary voices in creative and professional writing.

Programs

Majors
Bachelor of Arts in English - Acquaints students with historical and contemporary literary traditions in courses that enhance reading, writing and interpretive skills. The department fosters the ability to enjoy and understand literature and cultivates the knowledge and sensitivity needed to explore great texts — from ancient literature through film and multi-media forms.

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism - Provides students with a wide array of news writing, reporting, editing and multimedia skills and an understanding of journalism history, ethics and legal principles.

Bachelor of Arts in Writing - Educates students in the art and craft of written communication, combining liberal arts ideals with practical, real-world applications. Students in the program can concentrate on creative writing (fiction, poetry, and other imaginative forms), professional writing (journalism, public relations, advertising, and information design for technical communication), and writing for the media.
Minors
Minor in English - Recommended for those students majoring in another program but interested in historical and contemporary literary traditions in courses that enhance reading, writing, and interpretive skills.

Minor in Journalism - Recommended for those students majoring in another program but interested in journalism, news reporting and writing, multimedia, broadcast, and feature writing. 

Minor in Writing - Recommended for those students majoring in another program but interested in creative writing (fiction, poetry, and other imaginative forms), professional writing (journalism, public relations, advertising, and information design for technical communication), and writing for the media.
Certificate Program
Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - A TESOL Certificate is a widely accepted and recognized program that reflects a student’s initial academic and practical preparation in the teaching of English as a second language (ESL) or English as a foreign language (EFL).