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. Students have the opportunity to explore their interests in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and scriptwriting and develop a portfolio of creative work that will become the foundation for a career in editing, freelance writing, marketing and more.
This concentration prepares students for any field where clear, concise communication through writing is essential. Graduates of this concentration have assumed careers in public relations, marketing and technical writing, and work for nonprofit organizations, businesses and governmental agencies. Students take courses in grammar and editing, technical writing, public relations and graphic design.
Teacher Preparation for Graduate Studies of English
Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in English are encouraged to take this 15-credit concentration which prepares them for the intensive work a graduate degree requires. In addition to the major requirements in English, students take additional courses in American, British and world literature, as well as courses in Shakespeare, writing theory and literary criticism – all with a preparation for graduate studies in mind.
Teacher Preparation for Secondary Teachers of English
This 17-hour concentration will prepare you for a teaching career in language arts, incorporating a Teaching as Profession course that provides teacher education training. In addition, students in this concentration take additional courses in American, British and world literature, as well as supplementary writing and literature courses, all intended to prepare you for a career teaching language arts.
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