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B.A. in English


The B.A. in English provides students with a varied and thorough undergraduate education in the field of English. Students may, if desired, choose to focus on secondary teacher preparation, technical writing, or preparation for graduate and professional schools. The curriculum offers course work in the following areas:

  • Literature and literary analysis
  • Technical writing
  • Rhetoric
  • Composition
  • Linguistics and language studies
  • Creative writing

Students who prefer not to focus on either technical writing or secondary education are encouraged to develop a minor field that will further enhance their future success.


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Female graduate at the Commencement Ceremony

Career Opportunities

This degree is designed for hardworking individuals who want to further their education in English. Students who graduate with a B.A. in English will be exposed to many different career opportunities, such as:

  • Teaching
  • Journalism
  • Digital Copywriting
  • Editing
  • Corporate Blogging
Real Experience

Real Experience

This degree program gives students the opportunity to get involved and interact with their peers through clubs and resources, such as:

  • Sigma Tau Delta
  • The Modern Language Association
  • The Foreign Language Lab
  • The University Writing Center
Career Services

Career Services

Career Services offers students a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • DEI - Delta Epsilon Iota, Career Services Honor Society
  • Handshake
  • Mock interviews
  • Resume assistance

And much more!

Program Objectives

The Department of English & Languages aims to:

  • Provide a key component in the education of undergraduate students by offering courses in Composition, Literature, foreign language instruction in Spanish and French, as well as support courses in Technical Writing.
  • Provide assistance to students who struggle with writing.
  • Provide specializations in English, Technical Writing, and Spanish for those seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree with or without Secondary Teacher Certification, as well as provide effective academic advising and assistance.
  • Provide courses that will lead to either a minor or concentration in English, Spanish, or Technical Writing for all degree seeking students, as well as concentrations in English or Spanish for those pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • Provide a sound program of advanced study leading to the Master of Arts degree in English with both thesis and non-thesis tracks.
  • Provide opportunities for intellectual, literary, and cultural enrichment, along with the promotion of international understanding and involvement for both students and faculty.
  • Provide service to both the university and community while offering students and faculty members opportunities to participate in public service

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
ENGL 2340 Literature and Film
ENGL 3309 Technical Writing and Document Design
ENGL 3312 Graphics and Technical Writing
ENGL 3341 Cultural Studies
ENGL 3342 Genre Studies

For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.

Facilities and Features

Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta, also known as the International English Honor Society, was founded in 1924 by Dr. Judson Q. Owen at Dakota Wesleyan College. The purpose of the organization is to recognize "undergraduates, graduates, and scholars in academia as well as professional writers who have recognized accomplishments in linguistic or literary realms of the English language."

Modern Language Association

Modern Language Association

Founded in 1883, the Modern Language Association of America provide its members with opportunities to share their scholarly findings and teaching experiences with colleagues, as well as discuss trends in the academy. MLA members host an annual convention, along with other meetings, work with related organizations, and sustain one of the finest publishing programs in the field. For more than a century, members have worked to strengthen the study and teaching of both language and literature.

Multimedia Foreign Language Lab

Multimedia Foreign Language Lab

This lab is designed to ensure the accessibility of learning a second language to our students. The lab has advanced interactive language software that can assist students in courses such as Spanish, German, and French. The Multimedia Foreign Language Lab is located in the computer labs in the O.A. Grant Building, rooms 208 and 209.