What Does It Look Like to Study English at Concordia?
Students majoring in English at Concordia University Texas tap into a long tradition of studying literary and rhetorical excellence, culminating in a portfolio-ready senior thesis personally supervised by a faculty member in one of the following areas:
- Rhetoric and Composition
- Business and Technical Writing
- Creative writing
- Literary Criticism
English majors comprehend the power of creative and expository writing to advance moral and ethical thoughts and actions while they prepare to advance their career paths.
Concordia's English students learn from professors who teach hands-on in small, intimate classroom environments, engaging with a community of creative thinkers who help them prepare for professional leadership environments with the transferable skills that employers and graduate schools seek.
Curriculum Overview for an English Degree
All English majors explore a variety of literature and develop expertise in the art of writing through a series of prescribed courses. In addition, students will choose from three concentrations, allowing them to develop further expertise in literature, writing or English education.
The literature concentration focuses on cultivating an advanced appreciation of English-language literature. This concentration is ideal for students interested in graduate literary study.
The writing concentration is ideal for students who are interested in pursuing careers that require mastery of written communication in both online and traditional formats. This concentration is also preparation for graduate study in creative writing, business and technical writing, and rhetoric and composition.
The English Education concentration is designed for students who are minoring in Education and plan to teach at the secondary or post-secondary level. They can enroll in Advanced Writing and Teaching Adolescent Literature.
Here are some highlighted courses:
Drama at Stratford: Students spend a week at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada, to study and see a minimum of eight plays. This course is offered during the summer and may be used to fulfill a Fine Arts core requirement.
Business and Technical Writing: Students develop advanced writing skills to meet the challenge of communication in the job market. This course teaches professional composition and how to create a nonprofit organization.
- Small class sizes allow for individualized attention from experienced professors
- Personalize degree with concentration
- Develop skills in high demand across industries
- Writing Center dedicated to helping students at all phases of writing process
“The professors encouraged me to explore how disability played a role in literature,
the classroom and communication. I’ve used everything I’ve learned…from how to write
effective letters to the Texas government in my position as a policy advocate, to
how to critically analyze the readings I explore in graduate school.”
- Lauren Gerken, Class of 2016, Public Policy Fellow at The Arc of Texas
- Broadcast Journalism
- Fiction Writer
- Nonprofit Director
- Print Journalism
- Public Relations
- Tech Corporations
- Web Content Director
Does the program have any special features?
Students in the English program have the opportunity to tailor their experience and align their English degree with their career aspirations.
Professors work directly with students to support them in their specific goals, and students are able to further personalize their degree with the concentration that's right for them.