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The discipline of English prepares you to be powerful users of language through appreciating literature, understanding linguistics and creating good writing. English majors grounded in humanistic studies are equipped for critical thinking and effective communication. Among career paths pursued by recent graduates are technical writing, editing, human resources management and software development, as well as teaching.
As an English major, you'll choose one of two programs of study: language and linguistics or creative writing.
Like all BU students, you'll take courses in English composition, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, working with their academic advisor to select specific courses to meet requirements and free electives to tailor your education to your individual interests and career ambitions.
Students in the literature and linguistics track study British and American literature, Non-Western Literature, structure of English, history of the English language, modern linguistic theory, and language in American society. Working with their advisor, they organize electives from classes on the Renaissance, Shakespeare, Chaucer, literature from the Restoration and Eighteenth Century, Romantic and Victorian literature, British modernism, Milton, English novels, American literature including Romanticism, Realism, Modernism and African-American literature, as well as literary criticism. Other courses include writing for the internet, literature and film, theater arts, theater appreciation, mass communications and popular arts, history of film, cinema appreciation, popular culture in America and the sociology of mass communications.
Students in the creative writing track study British and American literature and non-Western literature, structure of English, history of the English language, modern linguistic theory, language in American society, and specialized writing courses in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children's literature and scriptwriting. Also offered are courses in the theory and practice of writing and a creative writing seminar.
Both tracks, averaging a five-course load each semester, leads to a bachelor of arts degree in eight semesters.
Bloomsburg also offers a degree program in secondary education with certification in English for students specifically interested in teaching in high schools. In that program, English courses are blended with requirements for a teaching degree to prepare you for a career as a teacher.
The English Department also hosts a writing center to serve all students and a minor open to students in any major.
Among career paths pursued by recent graduates are technical writing, editing, communications management, human resources management and software development.