George Fox University’s English major not only prepares you for any number of professions but provides you with the opportunity to explore your own imaginative power and gain a better understanding of the world around you and your role in it.
English majors are taught to read and write with attention to truthfulness, logic, rhetoric and aesthetics. Graduates who major in English pursue careers in teaching, writing, publishing, journalism, and other fields that demand perceptive attention to textual detail and the ability to communicate with clarity and grace.
In an increasingly competitive, skilled and changing marketplace, the English major provides the thinking, imaginative and interpretative capabilities necessary for workplace success.
Four optional concentrations:
This concentration offers a core group of courses that specialize in creative writing for newspapers, magazines, fiction outlets and poetry. Among the courses offered are Creative Nonfiction, Writing Fiction, Writing Poetry, Magazine and Feature Writing, and Introduction to Journalism.
This concentration offers three primary courses that focus on the importance of clear, concise text in the fields of professional and technical writing: Practical Grammar and Editing, Technical Writing, and Professional Writing. These are supplemented with the option to specialize further with courses that include Introduction to Journalism, Introduction to Public Relations and Scriptwriting for Media.
Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in English must take this 15-credit concentration. In it, they must choose two out of the three courses listed for the major's literature sequence not previously taken for the literature core, as well as enroll in Shakespeare, one additional writing course and one additional literature course.
Interested in teaching English? This 17-hour concentration will prepare you to do just that, incorporating a Teaching as Profession course that provides teacher education training. In addition, like the Teacher Preparation for Graduate Studies in English concentration, you must take two out of the three courses listed for the major's literature sequence not previously taken for the literature core, as well as enroll in Shakespeare, one additional writing course and one additional literature course.
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