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Concentrations

We offer a traditional "English" major, allowing students to take a wide variety of courses in literature, writing, theory, and film, along with four specialized areas of concentration and a separate certification in Secondary Education English.

Our Writing Concentration offers undergraduates a structure in which they may not only read poetry, fiction, and screenplays, but also write them. Although some of our students go on to graduate programs in creative writing, the concentration is intended for students interested in and committed both to their own creative work (fiction and/or poetry) and to the study of literature from a writer's perspective.

Our Professional Communication and Journalism will help you tap your unique gifts as a communicator and realize power and potential you never dreamed you had. You'll hone your skills and lay a solid foundation through supportive, stimulating classroom interactions. Then you'll get out of the classroom to apply what you've learned, working in and with the community to bring people the information they need to make informed decisions and lead better lives. Along the way, your work will also serve as a watchdog for democracy, help create and maintain communities, bear witness to current events, serve as a record for posterity, and help give voice to and advocate for the voiceless.

The Minor in Professional Communication and Journalism combines classroom instruction with practical experience to teach students how to communicate effectively in professional environments. Students receive training in specific business communication as well as the opportunity to develop video production and journalistic skills, culminating in a professional portfolio that demonstrates their writing, editing, design, and research skills to prospective employers.

Our Film Studies Concentration examines cinema as a medium of entertainment, education, and individual expression. Students are encouraged to explore both the history of film and the manner in which artists increasingly use representational media in ways beyond the confines of traditional cinema. Attention is given to the artistry, theory, and production of film.

Our online concentration in English was developed by English faculty dedicated to delivering the same quality courses and experiences to distance education students as we offer our "on site" students. It is our goal to render the level of individual attention and interaction that distinguishes our English program while providing the flexibility and convenience required by today's students.