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Bachelor of Arts in English

Program Overview

Liberal Arts Concentration

Director of Undergraduate Studies: Dr. Kristin Bovaird-Abbo

The study of literature, language, and literacy is at the very heart of a liberal education. The English major is excellent preparation for any profession or occupation that stresses language usage, such as writing and teaching-related fields. Graduates of this program will be prepared to enter a variety of professional and graduate level programs, including law, theology, medicine (with appropriate science and mathematics preparation), library science, communications, media and business.

Secondary Teaching Concentration

Program Director: Stacy Bailey
Program Advisors: Stacy Bailey & Matt Seymour

The English Secondary Education program prepares students to teach English and the Language Arts in grades 7-12. English Secondary Education majors will have a solid knowledge of American and British literary history, as well as linguistics and grammar, rhetoric, and literary theory. They will take English methods courses in the teaching of literature and writing, and will have, in preparation for student teaching, many opportunities to observe and reflect upon current teaching practices in our partner schools. In addition to the standard English Language and Literature degree, students can add additional preparation in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education or Special Education. 

Writing, Editing & Publishing Concentration

Program Director: Dr. Marc Santos
Co-Director:  Dr. Lisa Zimmerman

The BA English: Writing, Editing, and Publishing concentration exposes students to rhetorical, critical, and cultural theory and a range of technological tools used in various sectors of the publishing industry. The program’s overarching goal is to develop proficient and impactful writers with an appreciation for diversity - writers who can be ethical, empathic, and engaged citizens. This goal is consistently informed by an intentional focus on career readiness and employability.