English

English

The English major introduces students to ethical, aesthetic, intellectual, and cultural issues embodied in a wide variety of literary genres drawn from broad historical periods. The goal is to acquaint students with the English and American literary traditions, methods of textual analysis, and the diversity of theoretical approaches to literature.

ENGLISH

The English major introduces students to ethical, aesthetic, intellectual, and cultural issues embodied in a wide variety of literary genres drawn from broad historical periods. The goal is to acquaint students with the English and American literary traditions, methods of textual analysis, and the diversity of theoretical approaches to literature.

A major in English requires 39 semester hours plus a final portfolio of work completed for the major.  The department offers 200-level courses to introduce students to the British, American, and world literary traditions as well as methods of literary research and analysis.  Courses at the 300-level concentrate on specific historical periods, genres, minority literature and authors, while courses at the 400-level provide opportunities for in-depth study of literary texts.

CREATIVE WRITING

The Department of English, Rhetoric, and Writing also offers a major in Creative Writing.  It brings together academic literary study and creative studio work with opportunities for service and experiential learning focusing on nature and culture.  It thus cultivates an awareness of how writing emerges from the intersection of self and place.

A major in Creative Writing requires 39 semester hours plus a final portfolio of work completed for the major and participation in a senior reading. The department offers a 200-level course to introduce students to general principles of craft in creative writing.  Courses at the 300- and 400-levels concentrate on reading, drafting, and revision of creative work in a variety of genres in a workshop format.  Creative Writing majors must also complete 15 hours of study in literature courses.

Creative Writing majors will have opportunities to interact one-on-one with writers of national and international renown; this feature, in addition to the extensive natural resources of the campus and special courses that combine an immersion in place, literature, and creative writing, all serve to make Berry’s creative writing program unique.

ENGLISH/SECONDARY EDUCATION DUAL-MAJOR

Students who plan on teaching English at the secondary level will complete a dual-major – one in English and the other in Secondary Education.  The two departments work together to ensure that students are thoroughly prepared in English and have the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in the classroom. Students will graduate ready to become certified teachers 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.  Students who pursue this career should take courses in linguistics, Shakespeare/Renaissance Drama, Young Adult literature, and writing as well as electives in literature.

CAREERS FOR ENGLISH MAJORS

Because graduates skilled in research, textual analysis, critical thinking and writing have a competitive edge in today’s job market, opportunities for English majors are diverse.  Graduates in  English or Creative Writing often pursue careers 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 non-profit organizations.

Graduate school

Recent Berry English alumni have been accepted to such graduate schools as the University of Chicago, University of Miami, State University of New York, University of Oxford, Hollins University, Vanderbilt University, University of Virginia and University of Georgia.