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.
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.
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.
(Note: Some courses may be repeated for credit when focus or topic changes. Check the course descriptions following this section to identify these 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 Two courses at the 200-level Two courses at the 300-level One course at the 400-level Two semesters of a foreign language at the 200-level or above 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: 06/07/2017
Tracks & Minors
Tracks and Minors
The minor in English requires successful completion of a minimum of six courses and 18 credits with an ENG prefix at the 200-level or beyond. Students minoring in English are eligible to take courses restricted to the English majors if the prerequisites are met. Courses ineligible for the English minor include:
- ENG 148 Introduction to Composition
- ENG 150 Introduction to Composition and Writing from Sources
- ENG 151 Composition & Writing from Sources
- ENG 152 Writing About Literature
- ENG 153 Honors Writing Seminar
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. General guidelines regarding minors may be found in the Minors section of the catalog.
Last Updated: 06/07/2017
Earn a Minor
Make them love you more. Tech companies love English majors: make them love you even more. Put your words and ideas to work with a professional minor in Software Design & Coding, opening doors to emerging careers in Gaming, Virtual Reality, Digital Publishing, and Creative Entrepreneurship.
On November 15, Dr. Licastro visited the English Club and showed them a virtual reality video experience for the Man Booker Prize Winning novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, written by George Saunders.
What Can You Do With This Degree?
Graduates of our English Language and Literature program embark on many rewarding career choices, including:
Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Office of Career Services.