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Department of

English and Modern Languages

The Department of English and Modern Languages offers a B.A. in English with two concentrations: Literature and Professional Writing. The degree promotes the skills of close reading and analysis; research and writing; the synthesis of ideas, generic features; and cultural and historical understanding in the interpretation of texts.

A degree in English prepares you for careers such as advertising, journalism, law, marketing, public relations, teaching, and technical writing, among others. If you are looking for a flexible skill set that will help you in just about any career you can imagine, and that you can develop while studying some of the best works and compositions, then English is for you.

The department also offers a minor in Spanish and courses in beginning Chinese.

Undergraduate Programs

B.A. in English

B.A. in English, Teacher Certification

American Studies Certificate

Minors in English and Spanish

In recent years, there has been an increasing awareness of the importance of communication skills in every area of endeavor. Responding to the growing demand for effective communications, the department has established a minor field of study in English with literature and professional writing tracks. This minor complements a variety of majors in business, as well as technical and social services.

With increasing trade among countries, competency in a second language can be a key factor in the successful attainment of a position in business, public relations, commerce, or government. The Department offers a minor in Spanish. Each minor track requires a minimum of 18 hours and each course must be completed with a grade of C or better.


 English Minor      Spanish Minor


Department of English and Modern Languages

English Building


Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Faculty & Staff

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More Information

I chose the professional writing option, and that is easily one of the best decisions I have made. It has been invaluable in helping me get to where I am now. I learned to think critically about my writing and the importance of clear and effective communication. I use those skills every day, whether that be in emails to clients or briefs to the court. I also believe that simply having an English degree with professional writing option on my resume helped me get every internship or position I have had since starting law school.

Kyle Hendrickson English Major, '10
Associate Attorney