B.A. English

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Fast Facts: English Major and Minor

  • English courses encourage students to develop strong critical thinking and communication skills.
  • Students have significant flexibility and choice in course selection when designing their program of study.
  • English majors can earn a traditional B.A. or a B.A. with teaching licensure.
  • Majors and minors discuss and write about a wide selection of the great works of literature.
  • Students benefit from close contact with faculty who have expertise in areas such as Medieval literature and culture, writing, women's literature and Irish literature.
  • Classes are taught by well-respected and professionally involved faculty.
  • English majors can easily pursue a double major, and often pair study of writing and literature with a degree in communication, biology, management or other disciplines.

Program requirements

Major: 40 credits
Minor: 20 credits

Internships

While internships are not required for the English major, a number of students have completed internships at local publications such as New Moon Magazine, The Senior Reporter and Woman Today.

Careers

Employers place considerable value on the ability to communicate effectively and to solve problems. Perhaps the most valuable benefit from a degree in English is the versatility it provides for future career paths. Graduates can find employment in such exciting career fields as business, law, public relations, advertising, journalism, education, writing and publishing. Graduates of our program have developed rewarding careers in business, education, law, public relations, advertising, journalism, library-information services, government service, writing and publishing, philanthropy, and even medicine and medical research. CSS English majors have also gone on to pursue graduate study in a variety of disciplines at distinguished institutions across the country and in the United Kingdom.

Become an English teacher by pairing this program with the middle/secondary education major. Learn more

Sample curriculum

Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a major or minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

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  • The English department at CSS is better than any other program I have looked at in the area. The professors are so passionate. Their classes are fun, welcoming and have improved my writing and reading comprehension. I will never forget my time here."

    – Andrew Schreyer, ‘14