English (B.A.), emphasis in writing

Students interested in honing their writing skills will find just what they’re looking for in our newly minted writing-focused English major. Whether they want to pursue careers in journalism, public relations or technical writing, they’ll graduate with a universally transferable set of skills.

Many graduates work as teachers in secondary schools and colleges. Other graduates enter professional programs in law, medicine, and business or become qualified to work as reporters, editors, public relations personnel, librarians, copywriters, technical writers, or in administration, advertising, or retail. 

Job Outlook

English teaching opportunities in denominational schools have been more available than average for several decades. Since an English major graduate learns critical thinking and communication skills, the graduate can choose from a wide variety of fields and careers.

Earnings

Payscale.com says, “If you want to major in English and earn a lot of money, you don’t have to figure out how to do that as a writer. Take your communication and analytical-thinking skills and apply them in other areas.” The median annual salaries in the following areas include physician (family practice, $149,790), attorney/lawyer ($75,803), proposal manager ($65,000), university professor (assistant level, $63,093), non-profit executive director ($55,200), librarian ($46,915), editor ($46,893),  and high school teacher ($44,778).

Educational Qualifications

Students planning to teach at the secondary level must complete a certification program. College teachers have no certification requirements but have completed a master’s degree and usually have begun work toward a doctorate. Most other entry-level jobs require only the B.A. in English.

To view general education requirements for this major, please visit catalog.swau.edu/Undergraduate/2017-2018. 

CORE MAJOR COURSES

ENGL 211 Approaches to Literary Research and Criticism.................................................................................................................... 3

ENGL 231 American Literature I or ENGL 232 American Literature II.................................................................................................. 3

ENGL 342 Composition Theory and Practice........................................................................................................................................... 3

ENGL 414 History of the English Language.............................................................................................................................................. 3

ENGL 458 Literary Analysis ........................................................................................................................................................................ 3

ENGL 464 Advanced Grammar .................................................................................................................................................................. 3

 

ENGL Electives .............................................................................................................................................................................. 15

One course from the following:

ENGL 451 Studies in Renaissance Literature ........................................................................................................................................ 3

ENGL 454 Studies in Medieval Literature ............................................................................................................................................. 3

ENGL 452 Studies in 17th Century Literature ...................................................................................................................................... 3

ENGL 453 Studies in 18th Century Literature ...................................................................................................................................... 3

One course from the following:

ENGL 455 Studies in Romantic Literature ............................................................................................................................................ 3

ENGL 456 Studies in Victorian Literature ............................................................................................................................................. 3

ENGL 457 Studies in 20th Century Literature ...................................................................................................................................... 3

ENGL 459 The American Classics .......................................................................................................................................................... 3

Three courses from the following:

ENGL 333 Narrative Writing................................................................................................................................................................... 3

ENGL 335 Essay and Opinion Writing .................................................................................................................................................. 3

ENGL 339 Poetry Writing........................................................................................................................................................................ 3

ENGL 340 Drama Writing ....................................................................................................................................................................... 3

ENGL 440 Senior Project ......................................................................................................................................................................... 3

TOTAL: 33 

 

First Year

First Semester

UNIV 111—Wellness for Life ................................................2

ENGL 121—Freshman Composition......................................3

MATH 110—College Algebra ................................................3

Foreign Language...................................................................3

RLGN—Religion course ..........................................................3

TOTAL: 15

Second Semester

ENGL 220—Research Writing ...............................................3

COMM 111—Speech .............................................................3

CSIS Computer Science course ......................................... 1-3

Foreign Language...................................................................3

HIST History course................................................................3

TOTAL: 14-16

Second Year

ENGL 200-level literature course...........................................3

Lab Science course.................................................................3

Lab Science Lab .....................................................................1

HIST History course................................................................3

Foreign Language...................................................................3

Minor Area course .................................................................3

KINA—Activity course ...........................................................1

TOTAL: 17

ENGL 211—Approaches to Literary Research.......................3

ENGL 200-level literature course...........................................3

Physical Science course...........................................................4

RLGN—Religion course ..........................................................3

Foreign Language...................................................................3

TOTAL: 16

Third Year

ENGL 342—Composition Theory and Practice......................3

ENGL 400-level literature course...........................................3

ENGL 464—Advanced Grammar ...........................................3

Soc/Behavioral Science course ..............................................3

Minor Area course .................................................................3

TOTAL: 15

ENGL 400-level literature course...........................................3

ENGL Writing Elective ............................................................3

RLGN—Religion course (upper division)................................3

Electives—upper division ......................................................3

Minor Area course (upper division).......................................3

KINA—Activity course .........................................................1

TOTAL: 16

Fourth Year

ENGL 414—History of the English Language ........................3

ENGL Writing Elective ............................................................3

Minor Area course (upper division).......................................3

Electives—upper division ......................................................3

Elective ...................................................................................3

TOTAL: 15

ENGL 458—Literary Analysis .................................................3

ENGL Writing Elective ............................................................3

Minor Area course (upper division).......................................3

RLGN—Religion course (upper division) ...............................3

Elective ...................................................................................3

TOTAL: 15