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English Degree

What is English?

English is the study, and application, of the English language. It encompasses the different forms in which it appears over time in historical works as well as modern-day compositions, including literature, texts, poetry and film.

Students in Walsh's English program develop an understanding of the significance of the language, literature and writing in the liberal arts tradition. Each student's intellectual, cultural and aesthetic growth is enhanced in our English degree program - establishing a foundation for critical thinking along with written and oral communication skills.

What type of career can I look forward to with an English degree?

English majors often find employment opportunities within the education and publishing fields. Our program also serves as a foundation for those who want to enter the legal profession. Other English degree career opportunities include:

  • Grant Writers
  • Newspaper or Magazine Editors
  • Scriptwriters
  • Program Analysts
  • Librarians
  • Government Researchers and Staffers
  • Archivists
  • Public Affairs/Information Officers
  • Bookstore Managers

What makes Walsh's English curriculum unique?

·Personal Attention. Our class sizes are small, giving students more one-on-one attention from their instructors. Each student also is assigned an advisor and mentor for guidance throughout the undergraduate experience.

  • Selective Coursework. Because half of the program allows for student choice, students can tailor their studies to align with their particular interests and career goals, whether it's focusing on literature, growing deep roots in creative or professional writing, or learning how to gather and disseminate information efficiently and effectively. This flexible and individualized opportunity empowers students to choose the concentration that suits them best.
  • Additional Specialties. The program is intentionally small to allow students to pair an English major with a second major or a minor in a professional area, such as Marketing, Education, Communication, or Government and Foreign Affairs. Students can choose from numerous minors in the English program, as well, that complement different fields of study including literature, French, Spanish, Latin and creative or professional writing.

Generally speaking, what courses will I need to take?

In addition to a core group of liberal arts classes, all English degree students are required to take a gateway course called Introduction to Literary Interpretation and Criticism and one capstone seminar in literature.

The rest of the English curriculum includes traditional courses in American, British and continental writers, seminars on major authors, and multicultural or interdisciplinary courses that examine particular themes within the literature of Europe, the Americas and non-Western cultures. Themes explored throughout coursework include:

  • Environmental Studies
  • Issues of Race and Gender in African-American Literature
  • The American Dream
  • The Cultural Poetics of Rock and Roll
  • Poetics of Space

Writing plays a significant role in this major. Students must choose from courses in professional, technical, or creative writing. Instead of a literature focus, they also may develop an additional fifteen-hour concentration where they learn about the composing process and gain tutoring experience, study modern rhetoric, and develop the writing styles necessary for grant writing and careers in electronic and print media.

What experiential learning or internship opportunities are available with English majors?

English majors with a Creative Writing minor produce and publish the annual literary magazine, Raison d'Etre, conduct creative writing workshops for area high school students involved in post-secondary classes, and participate in coffee house readings and poetry slams.Those with Professional Writing minors work with area non-profit organizations and businesses as part of their requirements in advanced professional writing courses.All English majors have the opportunity to serve as writing tutors through the Academic Support Center, following successful completion of ENG 321, Composing Process.Some of these tutors also work with selected students in Walsh's Structured Education Program to improve these freshman students' reading and writing skills.

Whom can I contact for more information?

Dr. Ron Scott, Chair of the Language & Letters Department
(330) 490-7031
rscott@walsh.edu