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English Degree Requirements

The English program develops a high level of skill and appreciation in the art and use of language. Students learn to write precise and stylistic English, to organize and communicate ideas effectively and to appreciate, analyze and interpret various types of texts.

Special Interest Course Sequence

Students interested in creating and/or serving in a non-profit organization can enroll in a two-course sequence.  ENG 2311 Business and Technical Writing teaches professional composition and how to create a non-profit organization.  ENG 3310 English Internship can be taken with a focus in grant writing.

Students planning to teach at the secondary or post-secondary level can enroll in ENG 3319 Teaching Writing.  Additionally, ENG 3310 English Internship may be taken with a focus in peer tutoring and one-on-one writing instruction.

Career Possibilities

Students majoring in English find employment in any field which emphasizes the use of language, clear expression and logical thinking. Advertising agencies, public relations firms, publishers, broadcasters, state agencies and large businesses all require employees who are skilled in written communication. The top priority of most major employers in any field of industry are employees with outstanding oral, presentation, and written skills.

Students majoring in English frequently choose teaching as a profession, either on the college level (after graduate school) or on the secondary level. (A secondary teaching certificate requires additional coursework in education, also available at Concordia.)

A major in English equips students for successful entry into graduate school in the liberal arts, particularly in fields such as English, American Studies and Journalism. It is also outstanding preparation for law school or seminary students. 

Bachelor of Arts in English

Core Curriculum: 48-51 semester hours of courses in English, Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Kinesiology, Social/Behavioral Sciences, Communication, Foreign Language, Religion, Classics/Humanities, and Leadership. 

Major Requirements: 36 total credit hours

ENG 2301 Survey of Classicism

ENG 2302 Survey of Romanticism

ENG 2303 American Literature -OR- ENG 2305 British Literature

ENG 3302 Drama

ENG 3303 Short Story

ENG 3305 Poetry

ENG 3323 Shakespeare

ENG 4303 Major Ethnic Writers of the United States

ENG 4307 Introduction to Literary Criticism

PLUS: Three (3) English courses not taken within the Major Requirements (above). May include, but are not limited to:

ENG 2303 American Literature

ENG 2305 British Literature

ENG 2331 History of the English Language

ENG 3301 The Novel: British

ENG 3308 The Novel: American

ENG 3307 Drama at Stratford (travel class)

ENG 3309 Modern Fiction

ENG 3310 English Internship

ENG 3311 Advanced Writing

ENG 3316 Creative Writing: Fiction

ENG 3317 Creative Writing: Poetry

ENG 2311 Business and Technical Writing

ENG 3341 Hispanic Writers of the U.S.

ENG 3318 Writing for Publication

ENG 3319 Teaching Writing

ENG 43XX Special Topics in Literature

ELECTIVES: Sufficient number of upper-level academic hours to bring the total number of hours to 128.


For more information about the English Major, or courses, please contact:
Claudia Teinert, Ph.D.
Director, English Major

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