Bachelor of Arts

The BA degree in English provides students interested in examining literature and culture with a course of study and degree that equip them for a variety of careers and vocations, including education, marketing and sales, communications, public relations, journalism, publishing, law, business administration and more. Students in the English program are exposed to a set of learning experiences in which increasing levels of complexity are built upon foundational learning experiences. The program grants students multi-disciplinary flexibility in pursuing study in one of four concentrations: writing and rhetoric, language and literature, interdisciplinary studies, and teacher certification. Students may also choose to minor in English. 

English Language and Literature

Students electing the language and literature concentration will study the evolution of the English language and the great diversity of literary texts written in English that have influenced and informed culture. Students will explore the themes, traditions, movements and aesthetic beauty of imaginative writings from British and American authors, as well as authors writing outside of the Anglo-American tradition whose work continues to redefine the canon. In an effort to foster an appreciation for the power of creative art on human society, courses are designed to help bring students to an awareness of how literature is positioned within various historical, theoretical and cultural contexts. Through an understanding of literature, students will become more powerful users of language and will develop critical and imaginative thinking skills necessary for individual success and the betterment of society at large.

English Writing and Rhetoric

The ability to effectively communicate with others is one of the most important factors in determining success in our society. Students who choose the writing and rhetoric concentration will develop critical thinking skills and study the art of speaking and writing well in order to better understand and use the dynamics of communication. By learning to use logic, reason and emotional appeal to inform and influence others, students will prepare themselves for careers in fields such as creative writing, journalism, publishing, law, business, education and government.

English Interdisciplinary Studies

By providing a strong background in English and the liberal arts, the concentration in interdisciplinary studies prepares students for a variety of professional degrees and careers demanding strong communication skills and critical expertise. Students may tailor their major to meet individual personal and professional goals, applying the knowledge and competencies acquired in a traditional English major to the broad range of disciplines offered in the School of Liberal Arts, the School of Business and the School of Science and Technology. Students electing the interdisciplinary studies concentration may lay the foundation for a double major or a minor in a second discipline while demonstrating the intellectual curiosity and versatility essential in a rapidly changing professional world.

Teacher Certification

Students selecting the teacher certification track pursue studies related to the language and literature, and writing and rhetoric concentrations as well as education at the secondary level. Eleven predetermined English courses provide students with both breadth and depth in their English studies and ensure that they acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to teach English at the secondary level while also meeting the outcome standards of the state of Georgia and the National Council of Teachers of English. Students pursuing the teacher certification track also take courses in the School of Education and participate in field experiences that prepare them to become successful in the teaching profession.


The minor in English allows students to enhance skills in critical thinking, writing and effective communication that are invaluable in today’s society. The minor program will build upon the foundation in rhetoric and writing skills formed in the general education core and will introduce students to the basics of literary studies. With nine credits of advanced, elective study, students will have the freedom to increase either breadth or depth in writing, rhetoric or literature.