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English

As an English major, you will develop a heightened awareness of the power of language. Guided by a faculty of educators, scholars, writers, and editors, students seek to answer the persistent questions of humanity that are heard across times and places, while you develop your own ability to communicate. With in- and out-of-classroom opportunities, community service, study abroad programs, publishing ventures, and multicultural programming, Grand View University provides you with the practical experience and skills to thrive in a diverse world.

Why Grand View?

  • Ability to read critically, think analytically, and write clearly. 
  • Extensive research and writing skills that enable students to develop thought-provoking questions and ideas while presenting them in clear and compelling arguments.
  • Opportunities for undergraduate research at regional and national conferences.
  • Develop your writing skills while working in our Writing Center, and serve as editors of our undergraduate writing journal Bifrost.

Career Options

  • Editorial assistant
  • English as a foreign language teacher
  • Lexicographer
  • Magazine journalist
  • Newspaper journalist
  • Publishing copy-editor/proofreader
  • Writer
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Electronic media
  • Technical writing
  • Human resources
  • Learning and development training
  • Grant proposal writing
  • Copy writing and editing

Course Requirements

Pre-professional Preparation

Concentrations

Jensen Hall

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.

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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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