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Bachelor of Arts


The English major is an excellent choice for people who enjoy reading and writing. Contrary to popular belief, an English major does not doom graduates to a life of starvation or menial labor. In fact, our graduates go on to find success in a variety of occupations, including journalism, marketing, magazine writing, creative writing, public relations, web content creation, technology, management, and more. English majors also go on to graduate school in a variety of areas, including education, business, literature, creative writing, law, library science, and fashion history.

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 works, present alternative viewpoints, and solve problems. Students can choose from three emphasis areas within the English major: literature, creative writing, and journalism/professional writing.


Course Length

41 Credit Hours


On Campus

English Major Tracks Offered

  • With a creative writing emphasis, students will focus on expanding their writing skills in a variety of different genres as well as studying famous writers throughout history.

  • Students with a journalism and professional writing emphasis will learn to review and report on different topics in an ethical and responsible manner through writing associated with news sites and magazines, as well as learn about writing done in the business world, including marketing, public relations, grant writing, and more.

  • Students with a literature emphasis will take a variety of courses focusing on literature from across the world. Students will also study literary theory and take advanced writing courses.

Meet Our Faculty

Dr. Debra Beilke

Professor of English

Eric Dregni

Professor of English Journalism and Italian Chair of Department of English and Modern Languages Advisor of Student Newspaper

Theresa FitzPatrick

Assistant Professor of English

Student Outcomes

Mainhia Moua

Professional Writing Tutor, Metropolitan State University; Assistant Information Specialist, South St. Paul Public Library

Jasmin Ziegler

English Instructor, Anoka Ramsey Community College | Co-Editor of Poetry City, USA

Reeve Klatt

Freelance Writer & Digital Editor