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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.
Students in the English and Modern Languages major 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, all of which are skills highly valued by employers.
Students develop these skills by working closely with knowledgeable faculty members who are 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 (the student newspaper), tutoring students in the Writing Center, student teaching, or gaining internship experience at local businesses.
Concordia’s metropolitan location provides students with an abundance of opportunities, some of which include attending readings by well-known authors, enjoying plays at numerous local theatres, joining literary discussions and writing groups at The Loft Literary Center, and touring the offices of potential employers.
Students interested in English may choose one of two majors: Education or Liberal Arts. Education majors may go on to teach elementary, middle, or high school.
Liberal Arts English majors choose one of four emphases: Creative Writing, Literature, Journalism, or Professional Writing. Liberal Arts majors may go on to work in journalism, publishing, public relations, copywriting, technical writing, marketing, government, and various other industries. Many English majors go on to graduate school, law school, and other professional programs.
View English required courses on our academic catalog website.