The English Major at MUW offers students a wide range of classes in English, American, and World Literature and considerable flexibility when choosing requirements and electives.
Student Comments On Their Experience as an English Major
The department here has been a great help. The quality of the program has made me an excellent thinker and writer.
The smaller class size results in more personal attention and an increased ability to take side road discussions in class.
The discussion classes [have been my most valuable experience]. I learn a lot from what other students say.
The small Southern Lit. Class I took this summer [was my most valuable experience]. The format was more discussion, so we had to analyze more on our own and the professor just directed us. I learned more.
I have developed great relationships with the staff here. I have also learned to trust and appreciate my work and the work of my peers.
An Alumna Comments on the Value of her English Degree
- Tell your English majors that the business world will welcome them (and their writing and grammar skills) with wide open arms. There's a lot of change going on in the advertising/marketing industry right now, thanks to social media and search engine marketing--and quite of bit of this work revolves around words and writing. I've gone from advertising copy editor (proofing ads, etc.) to "interactive writer," which is a fancy way of saying I write "search engine optimized" copy for websites and social media, all thanks to my background in English and my capacity to read, comprehend, and write. Skills learned from writing research papers and the fun that can be had in creative writing are *very* useful in Web writing, and if one has background in website building/coding, even better! (A marketing class or two wouldn't hurt either.) — Sarah Asmus
Students must take at least 15 hours of English classes beyond the general education requirments (6-12 hours) to complete the minor. These may be literature, writing, TESL, theory, or special topics classes. Students who wish to specialize in Creative Writing should consider it as a minor instead of English, since it is not possible to count classes for more than one minor at a time.
Students wishing to minor in English may take any English classes (with the prefix EN) to fulfill the minor, except classes that count towards the general education requirements. Therefore, EN 101 Freshman Composition and EN 102 or EN 300 Advanced Composition do not count toward the English minor. One or two literature surveys will not count towards the English minor depending on how many a student needs to fulfill the general education requirment. If a student has two history or fine arts classes that fulfill this requirement, then only one literature survey will be used for the requirement and any others will count toward the minor.