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Major in English

Bachelor of Arts in English
Format: In person on the Statesboro Campus or Armstrong Campus in Savannah; Fully online
Credit Hours: 124

Whether you choose to major in English or add one of our minors, one thing remains true: we strive to produce graduates who understand the art and science of language, literature, and writing. You’ll experience a free exchange of ideas in an open, inclusive, and respectful student-centered environment, a commitment to academic excellence, and collaborative support for your individual academic achievement. (See the full program.)

We offer a student-centered environment enhanced by technology and transcultural experiences. Through a curriculum that fosters academic and professional development, we provide opportunities to engage with nationally recognized authors and scholars. The Bachelor of Arts in English supports the university’s mission to link theory with practice, to extend the learning environment beyond the classroom, to promote learner growth and life success, and to facilitate learners’ development as readers, writers, and thinkers.

About Our BA in English

With a Bachelor of Arts in English, you will become an incisive, culturally responsive writer and critical thinker. You’ll learn how to effectively communicate with different audiences by skillfully interpreting language and producing engaging content. With options for specialized concentrations in Creative Writing, Literature and Professional Writing or a broad approach, you can tailor the major to your career goals. 

Use your newly acquired skills in industries like Arts & Entertainment, Data Analysis, Education, Editing & Publishing, Healthcare, Information Technology, Journalism, Legal Services, Marketing, Nonprofit Administration, and Public Relations. Our faculty of practicing writers and scholars are dedicated to building a learning community of future professionals. We prioritize one-on-one mentoring, career preparation, and networking opportunities to help you succeed.

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Concentration Options in the English Major

What Can You Do with an English Major?

Hear from some of our students, and check out a small sample of recent resources that advocate for the value of study in English and the Humanities.

What Will You Learn in the BA in English?

The English major is structured so that you are first introduced to the most important activities we do in our various fields. Then you spend a long time practicing those activities, honing your skills and applying them in various situations. Finally, you get a chance to show how well you’ve mastered those activities.

We call those most important activities Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs), and there are four of them.

  1. Analyze and interpret a variety of texts in their historical/cultural/genre contexts, considering the relationship between language form and meaning, using discipline-specific analytic tools.
  2. Synthesize multiple voices in your work through the ethical incorporation of external sources, following genre-specific conventions.
  3. Create your own clear, precise, well-developed, and highly-organized texts, addressing particular purposes and audiences. 
  4. Revise your written work through a reflective and iterative process that fulfills disciplinary, professional, or field expectations.

Awards and Scholarships for English Majors

We offer a variety of awards and scholarships for English majors, minors, and first-year writers. We encourage you to apply. Winners are celebrated at our “Celebrations of Success” held each April.

Have Questions? Contact Us!

Dr. Beth Howells
Department Chair

Statesboro Office
3307B Newton Building

Armstrong Office
Gamble Hall 101

Last updated: 1/26/2024