Bachelor of Arts inEnglish with an Emphasis in Journalism

Majoring in English involves studying the history, structure, and use of the English language. As you read, discuss, and write about the literature and culture of English-speaking people, you’ll learn to write clearly and persuasively, think independently, create original ideas, present alternative viewpoints and solve problems.

You’ll specialize in one of four areas of emphasis (Literature, Creative Writing, Journalism or Professional Writing as you take 41 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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English with an Emphasis in Journalism Curriculum Overview

In the English major, students will gain broad-based knowledge of literature from all periods and from around the world. They will learn to write clearly and persuasively, think independently, create original ideas, present alternative viewpoints and solve problems. Concordia University students develop these skills by working closely with knowledgeable faculty dedicated to relationship-based education through discussion, debate, course presentations, one-on-one consultations with professors and supervised writing projects. Students have many opportunities to apply the skills learned in the classroom to practical hands-on situations, such as writing for The Sword student newspaper, tutoring students in the Writing Center, student teaching or gaining internship experience at a local business. Journalism is one of the three areas of emphasis available to students.


Bachelor of Arts degrees at Concordia University, St. Paul consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 128 credits.

Meet Your Professors

Dr. Debra Beilke English and Modern Languages Department Chairperson, Professor of English

Dr. Beilke's specialty is in American literature, and also teaches a variety of general education courses in writing and literature, and upper-level world literature courses.

Eric Dregni Associate Professor of English, Advisor of Student Newspaper

Dregni has taught Intro to Lit, College Writing, Review Writing, Column Writing, Memoir, Travel Writing, and is in charge of internships in the English Department.

Theresa FitzPatrick Director of the Writing Center, Term Faculty of English

Theresa FitzPatrick enjoys teaching both undergraduate and graduate students at Concordia in the areas of composition, education, and literature studies.

Dr. Nancy Hackett Professor of English

Dr. Hackett values open, provocative, lively classroom discussions

Matt Ryan Assistant Professor of English, Director for the MFA in Creative Writing program

Matt Ryan has won a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, appeared in numerous journals, and has been nominated for one Best of the Net and three Pushcart Prizes.

Career Potential

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