English - BA

The English major helps students develop as readers of interesting, complex texts. Majors read writing from a variety of historical contexts and cultures, building their understanding of the relation between society and language. English majors become critical and reflective readers, aware of the history and development of writing in English. They are also inventive writers who are able to analyze problems, do careful research, argue and evaluate the arguments of others.

A BA in English is good preparation for a career in writing or editing—of stories, speeches, legal documents, advertising, research projects, poems, grant proposals, essays or letters. English majors also find careers in publishing and journalism, public relations, business, industry, management, marketing, social services and government. English is a strong pre-professional major for law, medicine, library science, and teaching, from the elementary to the post-secondary level.