English Courses and Degree Programs

English degree programs and courses train students to analyze texts, vocalize opinions, write papers and conduct research. More information on this field, such as common programs and classes, is available in this article. Schools offering English Language & Literature degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need To Know

In an English degree program, you'll learn good communication, comprehension and writing skills. Many degree options exist at the undergraduate and graduate degree levels. Students can also choose from minors and concentrations within their program of study.

Degree Fields English, writing, literature
Programs Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Ph.D.
Courses World and contemporary literature, composition, creative writing, women in literature, themes in 19th-century novels

What English Degree Programs are Available?

English degrees are available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. An associates degree program in English provides you with two years' worth of transferable academic credit toward a bachelor's degree in a number of liberal arts subjects. With a four-year bachelor's degree in English, you may begin working in fields such as journalism, book or magazine publishing, or you may continue on with graduate studies in fields ranging from library science to theater. Graduate programs in English are offered as both master's degree and Ph.D. programs; they may lead to teaching at the high school and college level.

What Undergraduate Courses Will I Study?

Undergraduate English courses cover literature, research, language and writing. You might study postcolonial novels in one class and books from the American South in another. Literature courses may be categorized by theme or location - for example, the literature of the West or Native American writing. Earning a bachelor's degree in English helps you develop your critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as advancing your knowledge of English and American literature. Common topics found in undergraduate courses offered by an English department include:

  • British literature
  • Poetry
  • Postmodernism
  • Shakespeare
  • Modernist literature
  • Drama
  • Film studies
  • Women in literature
  • Creative writing
  • Playwriting

What Graduate Courses Will I Study?

In addition to completing classroom coursework, graduate students in master's programs may have to complete a thesis before graduation, and Ph.D. students might be required to write dissertations. A panel of English department members typically approves the thesis or dissertation topic, and one or more faculty advisors may oversee the project. Consider these possible topics of study at the graduate level:

  • Ecocriticism
  • Gender and text
  • Composition theory
  • Performance and representation
  • Romantic literature
  • Irish-American literature
  • Black literary tradition
  • Renaissance literature

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