Bachelor of Arts in English

Today’s employers seek college graduates who can think analytically, engage in productive research, and express themselves powerfully in oral and written communication. As our majors explore the human condition in the world’s greatest literature, the Bachelor of Arts in English program builds these timely skills and produces graduates primed for success in in education, the law, technical and professional writing, business, public relations, publishing, editing, and so much more.

The English major’s ability to think critically, understand competing points of view, solve complex problems, conduct research, and communicate persuasively gives graduates rich and versatile capabilities that lead to impactful roles in a wide range of career fields.

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MGA Catalog description: B.A. in English Curriculum

The B.A. in English degree includes five concentration options:

  • Literature concentration: for those interested in the fullest possible immersion in the literature—particularly valuable for those considering graduate study
  • Professional writing concentration:complements literary studies with intensive training in workplace writing—provides practical skills of value across a broad spectrum of career paths; available 100% online
  • Creative writing concentration: nurtures and develops abilities in writing of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and screenplays—offers a balance between training in creative pursuits and the traditional study of English
  • Pre-Law concentration: builds and refines the skills most essential for admission to law school and success in the legal profession, including nuanced analysis of language, in-depth research, and persuasive communication
  • Teacher certification concentration: for those aiming to teach English at the high school level—balances essential English and Education coursework.

In all its concentrations, B.A. in English is a richly rewarding program of study that develops critical thinking and communication skills sought by employers throughout today’s economy.

For more information, contact Dr. Chip Rogers, Chair of the English Department (