Many English majors have their sights on a future as a teacher or writer. But the degree opens doors to many other types of professions, too. In this program, you will gain a broad liberal arts education and build critical thinking and writing skills that are highly valued in careers in education, publishing, communications, politics and law – to name a few.
As an English major, you will undergo intensive writing training and develop your professional communication skills. You will examine a variety of literary genres and form a solid understanding of how English language and literature shape and reflect cultures around the world. Depending on your career goals, you can focus your studies on literature, creative writing, professional writing, teaching, or linguistics and literacy.
Whether it’s custom classes, an emphasis, or an option, this degree offers you an even more enhanced and customizable experience in the following areas:
The study of literature provides, through rigorous analysis of major literary works, a unique experience in recognizing, evaluating, and articulating human values, motives, and qualities.
At Grand View, we offer small classes, dedicated faculty, a rigorous curriculum, and opportunities for internships and activities including poetry slams, guest lectures, a literary magazine, campus newspaper, and English honor society.
As an English major with a writing concentration, you will rethink literature. In addition to mastering the skills of working writers, you will think critically and creatively about the complexity and diversity of writing; about the place of writers in the global literary conversation; about the current and future role of digital media in creative writing; and about the potential of literature as a tool for social justice. You will acquire skills which will serve you for life in writing after graduation and prepare you for a literary career.
The English teaching concentration major is designed for students who want to pursue a secondary teaching position. This major enables students to gain a wide-variety of teaching experience.
What Can I Do With This Major?
These courses will not be counted in computing the GPA for the major.
These prerequisite courses will not be counted in computing the GPA for the major but must be taken to complete the major.
45 semester credits including the courses of the major core (30 credits) and the courses of at least one of the concentrations (15 credits).
Students in the teaching concentration must be accepted into the Education Program.
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Cay Leytham-Powell (2013) • Published her article on the Angkor and Mayan civilizations in a peer-reviewed journal. She wrote it for a Grand View class and then polished it up for publication in Advanced Composition.
Three awards are given annually to two English majors (writing or literature tracks) and one Secondary English Education major. Awards are usually $1,000 per student and students are chosen based on three criteria: GPA, dedication to their studies, and connection to the English major and department.
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, “what sets two equally qualified job candidates apart can be as simple as who has the better communication skills.” The advanced reading and writing skills taught at Grand View, along with the knowledge of how to put things into compelling narratives, will have a deep and long-lasting impact on your career.
"Are you going to be a teacher?" You'll likely hear this a lot. Most people associate an English major with teaching only, but English is not just a “teaching discipline." Instead it is represented across the landscape of professional fields and careers. In a world of information overload, the communication skills you gain from an English degree are critical and will serve you well.
Lecturer of English
Professor of English
Associate Professor of English
Originally a historic residence hall, Jensen was transformed into part of Grand View’s academic facilities in 2004 and is now home to offices and classrooms for religion, history, foreign languages and English.