If you major in English
at Berry College,
you will be engaged in reading,
analyzing, writing about and discussing a wide range of texts written in English
or available in English translation.
The English core curriculum will introduce
you to British, American and world literary
traditions. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the ethical, aesthetic, intellectual and cultural issues addressed in many different types of literature from a variety
of historical periods. You’ll also learn methods of literary research and analysis.
The beauty and power of thought and expression,
the play of word upon word, and the memorable
expressions of many
cultures in verse and prose are at the heart of the literature concentration. You’ll gain a thorough background in English and American
literature in a series of upper-division courses. Seminars
will enable you to focus on specific authors, genres or themes.
You’ll also develop your powers of critical reading and analytical
writing. As much research and writing has shifted online, Berry students are also prepared to navigate
the digital age.
Secondary education double major
If you want to teach English in grades 7-12, you should combine the English major with a secondary education major.
will graduate ready to become a certified teacher with a special
endorsement in teaching
English to Speakers of
Other Languages (ESOL), as well as a strong background in English studies and excellent teacher preparation. Recommended studies for students
planning to teach include linguistics, studies in Shakespeare, young adult literature and writing.
If you choose to major also in education, you will begin taking your education courses in
either your freshman or sophomore year.
Students interested in majoring in English may also want to consider
a major in Creative Writing. This major fuses academic literary study and creative studio work with experiential learning focusing on nature and culture, cultivating
an awareness of
how writing emerges from the intersection of self and place.
Each year, writers
of national and international reputation come to campus for readings and to meet with writing students. Recent
visiting writers have included a U.S. Poet Laureate, a National Book winner and a Pulitzer Prize winning
poet to name a few.
Careers for English majors
English is a versatile
major which prepares students
for a diversity of careers. Because graduates skilled in research, textual analysis, critical thinking and writing
have a competitive edge in today’s job market, you might pursue a career in law,
advertising, publishing, public relations, teaching, technical or creative writing,
public or academic administration, library
science, business management, insurance, banking, corporate communications, counseling, or speech therapy. Of course English
majors also become teachers,
writers and editors.
More information about the English department and major is available online at www.berry.edu/academics/humanities/english.