Bachelor of Arts in English
Love reading? Want to become a more effective writer? The English program at Albertus offers both a major and minor in English, with the further option to concentrate in Creative Writing or Dramatic Studies. English majors at Albertus can also pursue teacher certification concurrently through our Education Program. For creative writers, the department offers a five-year MFA in Writing. The English department also offers courses toward a minor in Drama.
Majors in English all take core classes in British and American literature, Shakespeare, and Literary Theory and Criticism. English majors find that training in their academic discipline enables them to excel in many fields such as: education, publishing, law, library science, civil service, business, and journalism. Through completing the English program, students will possess the writing and research skills, and the literary knowledge, necessary to flourish in the liberal professions and relevant graduate programs.
The English Department serves the wider college community through its foundational writing classes for all first-year students and its upper division literature classes in General Education. Throughout our programs, the Department emphasizes clear and well-organized writing, persuasive argument, and the attentive reading of literary texts.
"The professors in the English program at Albertus are dedicated to their students and to their field. I went to Albertus so that I could become an English teacher; I have never once regretted that decision. The English program has prepared me with the knowledge of a wide variety of texts. One thing that I highly value is the opportunity that professors give students to be able to debate their ideas. The passion that professors have for the selected reading material they teach transfers over to the students. I have nothing but admiration and respect for the English program. The courses that I was required to take pushed me into a process of self-reflection that has shaped me into the person that I am today." - Esther Hartzell, class of 2017
"A college education isn't about an end goal, but rather gaining the skills you'll need for your professional development. For me, a major in English created who I am today. I gained skills in critical thinking, literature analysis, storytelling, communication, teaching, and even public speaking, all of which I use every day at work. I'm able to defend an argument, work under tight deadlines, explain and present ideas clearly, and create effective solutions within a professional environment. Now, I work in the scientific publishing industry." - Annemarie Tompsen, class of 2013
Where Will Your Degree Take You?
Program Of Study - Endlgish Major (36 Credits)
Creative Writing Concentration (36 credits)
(NOTE: Students may take a second session of any creative writing course above the introductory level (EN 143). The letters “a/b” following the course numbers indicate the first (“a”) and the second (“b”) semester for which a student enrolls in a course so designated.)
Dramatic Studies Concentration (36 credits)
Any student who wishes to minor in English may do so by taking 18 credits in English courses, excluding EN 106 and EN 107. Students seeking to complete a minor select English courses in consultation with, and guidance from, a faculty member in the Department of English.