English

Description

The English major is designed to expose undergraduate students to advanced uses of the English language. This begins with broad exposure to both British and American literary heritage, but the English major also offers opportunities to explore the linguistic bases underlying English and the effective uses of written English in both creative and professional capacities.

Interests and Skills

English majors are expected to develop critical thinking skills that manifest themselves abundantly in advanced reading and writing skills. They are expected to learn how to identify original ideas and then to develop them into a piece of effective writing. Such interests and skills should have wide applicability in the workaday world outside the university.

Degree Options

Whatever their special interests may be, undergraduates who major in English work toward acquiring a degree of Bachelor of Arts in English. There are opportunities to participate in the department’s Honors Program, to be inducted into the department’s chapter of the international honor society Sigma Tau Delta, and to work for and publish in the department’s own undergraduate journals.

Career Opportunities

The career opportunities for those majoring in English are numerous. There are various opportunities for those who would like to go for graduate work and countless opportunities in the field of teaching, from elementary up through higher education and even for teaching English abroad. An English major is also a customary route for those seeking admission to Law School. It is becoming an increasingly common route for admission to business or medical schools. It has always been a favorite for those employers who value advanced reading, writing, and editing skills.

Types of Jobs Accepted

Advanced reading and writing skills have led to employment in a variety of jobs, but the department’s English majors most commonly pursue graduate work in English (Penn, UCLA, Virginia, Georgetown, Cornell, North Carolina (Chapel Hill), Florida, Texas (Austin), and Toronto). Others have pursued law degrees at institutions such as Yale, Harvard, Duke, Michigan, Virginia, and Alabama. Others have gone on to receive medical degrees from such respected institutions as UAB, University of Virginia, and USA. Alumni include Rhodes scholars, Mellon fellows, Fulbright scholars, published writers of considerable distinction and achievement, even a couple of authors of best sellers.

Jobs of Experienced Alumni

Alumni include, as might be expected, countless college professors and instructors across the land as well as numerous writers of distinction. Alumni also include, as might not be expected, doctors, lawyers, business executives, and people of accomplishment in all walks of life.

English (EH)

Semester 1 Semester 2
EN 101 EN 102
MATH COURSE HI COURSE
HU OR FA FA COURSE
FL COURSE FL COURSE
ELECTIVE COURSE ELECTIVE COURSE
Semester 3 Semester 4
EN 205 L SEQUENCE COURSE
EN 206 EN 210
N COURSE N COURSE
SB COURSE SB COURSE
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Semester 5 Semester 6
EN PRE 1660 EN T/W/L
EN 18-19 CEN EN 300-499
HI OR SB MINOR COURSES
MINOR COURSE ELECTIVE 300-499
ELECTIVE 300-499  
Semester 7 Semester 8
EN 400 - LEVEL W EN 400-LEVEL W
EN 300-499 EN 400-499
MINOR 300-499 MINOR 300-499
MINOR COURSE MINOR ELECTIVE
ELECTIVE COURSE ELECTIVE COURSE

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