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English Major

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.

Why Grand View?

  • Develop extensive research and writing skills
  • Participate in English honors society and professional organizations
  • Develop your writing skills while working in our writing center
  • Serve as editor of our undergraduate writing journal, Bifrost
Degree Fit
This program could be a good fit if you:
  • Enjoy literature and language
  • Are a strong reader and writer
  • Have an interest in history and culture
  • Like an intellectual challenge
Choose Your Path

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:

Literature Concentration
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.

Writing Concentration
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.

Teaching Concentration
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.

Career Options
Our recent graduates are enjoying rewarding careers in the following jobs:
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Lexicographer
  • Magazine Journalist
  • Newspaper Journalist
  • Grant Proposal Writing
  • Copy Writing and Editing
  • English as a Foreign Language Teacher
  • Publishing Copy Editor / Proofreader
  • Learning and Development Training
  • Electronic Media
  • Technical Writing
  • Human Resources
  • Writer
  • Marketing

What Can I Do With This Major?

Course Requirements

Prerequisites for Courses in the Major

These courses will not be counted in computing the GPA for the major.

ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3 credits
ENGL 111 Interpretation of Literature 3 credits

Prerequisites 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.

ENGL 150 English Seminar 1 credit
ENGL 202 Introduction to Creative Writing 3 credits


45 semester credits including the courses of the major core (30 credits) and the courses of at least one of the concentrations (15 credits).

Major Core Courses

ENGL 231 Survey of American Literature I 3 credits
ENGL 232 Survey of American Literature II 3 credits
ENGL 241 Survey of British Literature I 3 credits
ENGL 242 Survey of British Literature II 3 credits
ENGL 251 Writing for English Studies 3 credits
ENGL 301 Literacy Studies 3 credits
ENGL 311 Literary Theory 3 credits
ENGL 322 Linguistics 3 credits
ENGL 360 Advanced Composition 3 credits
ENGL 485 English Capstone (Teaching Concentration, 3 credits of EDUC 425 replace ENGL 485 Capstone) 3 credits

Literature Concentration (15 credits)

ENGL 305 Shakespeare 3 credits
ENGL 318 Diverse Voices 3 credits
ENGL 320 Contemporary Literature 3 credits
ENGL 353 Literary Genre: Form, Style & Purpose 3 credits
ENGL 452 Major Author(s) 3 credits

Writing Concentration (15 credits)

ENGL 302 Advanced Creative Writing 3 credits
ENGL 309 Writing for Business 3 credits
ENGL 481 The Teaching of Writing 3 credits
ENGL 345 Writing for the Web 3 credits
ARTS / ENGL 330 Visual Culture and Rhetoric 3 credits

Teaching Concentration (15 credits)

Students in the teaching concentration must be accepted into the Education Program.

ENGL 217 Literature for Children and Adolescents 3 credits
ENGL 305 Shakespeare 3 credits
ENGL 318 Diverse Voices 3 credits
EDUC 481 The Teaching of Writing 3 credits
EDUC 425 Secondary Student Teaching - 3 credits replace ENGL 485 Capstone 3 credits
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Pre-professional Preparation

Awards and Accomplishments

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.

Cleo and Wilber Williamson Memorial Endowed Scholarship

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.

Is English Right for You?

Yes, You Are Employable!

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.

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