Almost every student meets our department at least in a General Education composition or literature course. The 70 or more who major in English each year find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into a culture rich in writing, classroom interaction, and globally conscious literary study. The career highlight for many is a semester in Great Britain with 24 classmates, led by one of our English faculty.
Creative writing, film studies, journalism, gender studies, teacher preparation, internships, Major Honors projects—all of these fit under the umbrella of English studies, alongside close encounters with novels, poems, short stories, plays, and essays from England, America, and around the world. English studies stretch students in Christian faith and reason, by taking them imaginatively, eyes wide open, into the challenging worlds and words of others.
The English major, at a relatively small 10 required courses, doubles easily with many other majors in the curriculum.
English majors graduate with enhanced reading, writing, and thinking abilities. In the course of their studies they become more creatively critical and critically creative. Traits like these give them advantages as they enter into writing fields such as professional poetry or fiction writing, screenwriting, journalism, online editing and publishing, or book and magazine publishing; or into teaching fields such as college, secondary, or elementary teaching, or teaching English overseas; or into other professional fields such as law, medicine, psychological counseling, or the ministry. An English major doubles well with a variety of other majors, thus enhancing a wide array of other career options.