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English Language and Literature

Is an English degree practical? At Stevenson, the answer is “yes.”

If you love English but are not sure how to turn that passion into a career, Stevenson has the program for you.

  • Overview


    Bachelor of Arts

    Stevenson University's B.A. in English Language and Literature was designed to help our students plan their career path beginning in their first year of study. This program will give you considerable flexibility in planning your coursework and pursuing your career goals. There are four sequences of courses: career development, literature, creative writing, and professional writing. You will graduate prepared to read closely, think critically, write clearly, and understand literature as both art and a record of our cultural heritage.

    What Will You Learn?

    • Solve problems by thinking creatively and critically.
    • Read and interpret text using critical theory and language arts.
    • Use research resources.
    • Write academic, professional, and/or creative texts.
    • Communicate orally and nonverbally.
    • Negotiate personal values in relation to the values of others.
    • Apply academic preparation to professional and cultural experiences beyond the classroom.
    • Make informed academic and career choices based on self-determined goals.

    A complete listing of learning objectives for the English Language and Literature program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
    Learning Objectives

    Why Study English Language and Literature?

    If you want to turn your interest in English into a career, our program is right for you. With our longstanding commitment to career preparation and established history of job placement, we're geared to get you started on your career path as early as your first year. You'll learn useful and applicable skills such as critical-thinking, communication, presentation, and information fluency.

    Our program offers a robust assortment of literature, creative writing, and professional writing courses to allow you to explore your creativity while you prepare for life after college. Your career options are broad, including communication director, copywriter, grant or proposal writer, managing editor, publication editor, and more. You can also continue on to graduate school; English Language and Literature major graduates are well prepared for master's programs, including English, law, and teaching.

    • Learn how to become a self-improving and self-assessing learner who is capable of creating career goals and making informed choices based on those goals.
    • Gain the critical-thinking skills associated with the study and creation of literature.
    • Take advantage of the creative writing sequence to hone your ability to write poetry, fiction, and/or nonfiction.
    • Participate in the professional writing sequence to develop the skills that are essential for journalism and/or public relations writing.
    • Collaborate closely with your faculty, who are invested in your success at Stevenson.
  • Courses & Requirements

    Courses and Requirements

    The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor's degree in English Language and Literature. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).

    Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

    Major Requirements

    (Note: Some courses may be repeated for credit when focus or topic changes. Check the course descriptions following this section to identify these courses.)

    Required Courses

    EDCP 100 First Year Seminar
    ENG 230 Critical Approaches to Literature I
    ENG 231 English: Forms and Functions
    ENG 331 Design Your Career
    ENG 332 Critical Approaches to Literature II
    ENG 420 English Capstone: Internship
    Five Literature Electives
    Two courses at the 200-level
    Two courses at the 300-level
    One course at the 400-level
    Foreign Language
    Two semesters of a foreign language at the 200-level or above
    Four English Electives
    One course at the 200-level
    One course at the 300-level
    One course at the 400-level
    One course at the 200-level or above

    Last Updated: 03/01/2016

  • Tracks & Minors

    Tracks and Minors


    A minor in English is available, requiring six courses at the 200-level or beyond. At least three courses for the minor must be taken at Stevenson. Students minoring in English are eligible to take courses restricted to the English major if the prerequisites are met. Please see an academic advisor for more information. Specific information regarding minor requirements may be found in the Academic Information section of the catalog.

    Last Updated: 03/01/2016

What Can You Do With This Degree?

Graduates of our English Language and Literature program embark on many rewarding career choices, including:

• Author
• Editor
• Journalist
• Publisher
• Teacher

Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Office of Career Services.

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