Bachelor of Arts degree in English


The Bachelor of Arts degree in English prepares students to be insightful readers and innovative writers. 

  • Students are introduced to literary traditions and critical methods through core courses and encouraged to pursue personal interests in the selection of a concentration and elective courses.
  • English classes challenge students to develop reading, research and writing skills that will equip them for a wide range of careers.
  • The English major comprises the following concentrations:
    • The General concentration allows students to combine elective choices in creative writing, professional writing, rhetoric, historical literature, genre studies and literary theory based on personal interest.
    • The Literature concentration emphasizes the interpretation of literary texts drawn from a variety of historical and cultural contexts. Students develop an understanding of genre conventions and different theoretical and critical methods of analysis.
    • The Professional Writing concentration offers training in professional writing and editing. Students select courses in writing, editing and rhetoric. The concentration requires a professional experience elective fulfilled by an internship, service learning placement or an advanced course in editing.


  • You possess strong writing and reading skills.
  • You take constructive criticism and feedback well.
  • You are interested in a career in communications.


  • Demonstrate specialized knowledge and skills in literary studies or professional writing
  • Utilize research tools and methods appropriate for the academic study of literature, rhetoric or writing.
  • Understand and apply a variety of critical theories to the study of literature, rhetoric or writing.
  • Produce academic, creative or professional writing with attention to appropriate genre conventions, format and citation guidelines, stylistic expectations and grammatical rules.
  • Complete a long-written project with the application of appropriate critical, creative or professional approaches; mastery of research methods and resources; and awareness of audience, rhetorical context and discourse functions.