English majors encounter literature, rhetoric, and culture through the study of both traditional and cutting-edge genres, including short stories, poems, films, podcasts, graphic novels, and zines. Core courses in British, American, and global literature provide broad knowledge of the literary tradition, in addition to skill in literary and cultural analysis and criticism. Electives allow for in-depth study of literature in diverse cultural contexts, and offer opportunities to develop rhetorical and creative writing skills.
Students who pursue teacher certification through the English education program receive special instruction in teaching methods and philosophy through the English department (in addition to their required coursework in the School of Education). To be eligible for the Professional Semester (student teaching), students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.7.
English majors seeking teaching certification have the freedom to declare a second major or a minor that complements their studies in English.
*Note: Only four courses (12 credit hours) will be accepted as transfer credit toward the English major.