School of Humanities & Behavioral Science
The English major at Anderson University focuses on literature. Students explore this discipline broadly and must take upper-division courses in British literature, American literature, and at least one other genre. The program is flexible enough to allow you to choose coursework about which you are passionate and to combine it with a complementary major or minor as you prepare to achieve your goals.
The 35-hour major can be completed in a 3-year or 4-year path to graduation.
The English minor requires the student to take at least one course from each of the following groups: world literature, British literature, American literature, and upper-division (3000-level) writing courses.
What courses will I take?
Among the classes in the 35-hour majors:
- Global Literature
- Special Topics in Literature
- British Literature of the Nineteenth Century
- American Poetry
What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?
- Technical Writer
- Advertising Copywriter
English and writing majors at Anderson University develop an advanced skill set that is highly sought-after in nearly every profession.
Our graduates have gone on to work in publishing, professional writing and editing, creative writing, social media management, teaching, print and web marketing, grant writing and research, internal business communication, public speaking and speech writing, and more.
English majors immerse themselves in literature from a variety of genres and nurture their own creativity through writing classes, participation in the university’s literary magazine, and writing conferences.
In addition, students are able to pursue advanced training in expository, argumentative, nonfiction, and creative writing. The department also provides opportunities for students to participate in various publications and contests.
- Academic achievement among students majoring in English is recognized by membership in the local chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, a national English Honor Society.
- The department annual sponsors the Campus Literary Arts Magazine, which publishes students' poetry, fiction, and artwork.
- The Department of English sponsors the Syford Poetry Contest and the Genesis Contest for Short Prose.
- The Department of English encourages faculty-student collegiality through social gatherings such as dinners and picnics, professional theatre attendance, and faculty-home study groups.
Internships and freelance work provide practical, hands-on experiences for our students. This benefits the students by:
- providing opportunities to apply their skills
- build their portfolios
- develop a professional network
- consider the full spectrum of career opportunities available upon graduation
These experiences are equally beneficial to the organizations who partner with us. They quickly discover the competence, innovative thinking, and quality work of our students, who are eager to demonstrate their skills and become an asset to their employers. This is because we have great students who come into the program with a desire to work hard and find meaningful ways to channel their enthusiasm and creativity. The training they receive in their coursework teaches them to think critically, communicate effectively across a number of platforms, and adhere to professional standards.
Types of projects suitable for our students could include (but are not limited to):
- Developing content for marketing materials
- Managing/writing for social media
- Launching and helping maintain a social media presence
- Managing/editing a print or web publication
- Writing feature articles for a magazine, newsletter, website, or blog
- Writing speeches
- Writing grant proposals
- Crafting letters or email messages to internal or external audiences
- Copy editing
- Conducting a variety of research projects -- possibly related to grants, marketing, internal processes, etc.