The English Department offers majors and minors with concentrations in Literature, Writing, and Teaching, and an English major with a concentration in Journalism. The Literature concentration in English emphasizes critical reading and writing skills through courses that engage with the depth and breadth of literary expression. The Writing concentration in English provides a workshop setting for one’s own creative efforts in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction while also providing a substantial background in the study of literature. The Journalism concentration in English offers students an opportunity to prepare for jobs in journalism or other writing careers while still pursuing a foundational education in the humanities. The Teaching concentration in English prepares students specifically for teaching at the middle school through secondary levels.
English majors and minors develop skills in analysis, writing, and digital environments, all while expanding their understanding of the rich complexity and diversity of the world. Our majors and minors attend graduate school for Literature, Creative Writing, Journalism, Law, Library Science, and Education, among many programs. Other graduates build successful careers in areas such as marketing, professional writing, publishing, journalism, education, government, and public relations.
Students pursuing the English-Literature, English-Writing or English-Journalism major are required to maintain at least a 2.5 GPA in English courses. English Teaching majors are required to maintain a GPA of 3.0 in English courses.
Transfer students in any English major must earn at least 16 credits at Edgewood College in English at the 300/400 level in addition to the four-credit COR 3 seminar. Post-baccalaureate students are exempt from this requirement. Transfer students pursing minors in English-Literature, English-Writing or English-Teaching must fulfill at least 12 credits in English from courses at Edgewood College. Post-baccalaureate students are exempt from this requirement. Students choosing the English Teaching major or minor must consult with an advisor in the School of Education. Courses required for the major are offered on a rotating basis. Students are urged to consult with the department chair or their advisor for information regarding this sequence.