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English

Bachelor of Arts

Overview

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 (Creative Writing, Journalism, Literature or Professional Writing as you take 41 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree. 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. Creative Writing is one of the four areas of emphasis available to students.

Program
Details

Course Length

41 Credit Hours

Location

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 emphasis will learn to review and report on different topics in an ethical and responsible manner through writing associated with news sites and magazines.

  • 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.

  • With a professional writing emphasis, students will learn about writing done in the business world, including marketing, public relations, grant writing, and more.

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

Tim Sailer

Shakespearean Actor