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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.

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  • Overview

    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 outcomes for the English Language and Literature program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
    Learning Outcomes

    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. Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are provided in the course descriptions section of the catalog.

    Some secondary requirements, which are noted by an asterisk (*) in the list below, can also be used to fulfill a core curriculum requirement.

    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

    • 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
    • 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

    Secondary Requirements

    • Two semesters of a foreign language at the 200-level or above*
    • EDCP 100 EN1 First Year Seminar

    English Language and Literature Resource Guide

  • Tracks & Minors

    Tracks and Minors

    Minor

    A minor is available in English, requiring six courses at the 200-level or beyond. At least three courses for the minor must be taken at Stevenson. Minors are eligible to take courses restricted to English if they have the prerequisites. Please see an academic advisor for more information. For specific information regarding minor requirements, please consult the minors section of the catalog.

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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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