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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.


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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.

In addition, students have the option to enroll in Walsh's new 4+1 Program for non-business majors who would like to supplement their bachelor's degree with an MBA. Through the program, students simultaneously earn undergraduate and graduate credit for Walsh's MBA Prep Series courses, saving both time and money as students pursue their advanced degree. 

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.

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