English studies is a proven gateway into any number of professional paths. Here at Bloomsburg, you'll gain critical analysis skills; cultural awareness through diverse literatures; an understanding of the power of language and how it functions; the use of language creatively for exposition, persuasion, and artistic effect; and, perhaps most important, the ability to adapt to what comes next.
Eligible English majors are encouraged to apply for a number of university scholarships for the coming academic year. In addition, once a year an announcement is made for entries for writing awards.
- Helen and Ervene Gulley Memorial Scholarship
- Margaret Bittner Parke Scholarship
- Catherine Oplinger and Clark R. Renninger Memorial Scholarship
- Cecil Seronsy Scholarship
- Louis F. Thompson Scholarship
- Peters Award for Creative Non-Fiction
- Fuller Fiction Award
- Baillie Award for the Critical Essay
- The Savage Poetry Award
Students with more than 60 hours are strongly recommended to look into an internship. Opportunities include the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Town Hall, the Chamber of Commerce, and the BU Foundation office. Internships provide you with hands-on responsibility that better prepare you for the work force.
BU’s Writing and Literacy Engagement Studio (WALES) offers internships to students who demonstrate superior writing and proofreading skills. If you enjoy writing and helping other people better their writing, then WALES may be a good place for you. Training is provided, so no previous tutoring experience is necessary. If you're interested, contact Writing Center director Ted Roggenbuck.
Professional U is also offering the following:
- Geisinger Children's Miracle Network Telethon
- Harrisburg (more than a dozen government offices and projects)
- Highlights for Children and other children's literature projects
- Hershey Medical Center, Student Affairs
- Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal
- The Daily Item newspaper
- Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble
- Bloomsburg University Foundation, Inc.
- Bloomsburg Town Hall
- Bloomsburg Chamber of Commerce
Students in the Literature track take three required courses that begin introducing them to career prospects, the culmination of which is English 488. In this course, students build portfolios, develop resumes, workshop cover letters, practice interview, and practice job search strategies before graduation.
Many English majors participate in several professional development opportunities, including The Voice (BU student newspaper), Writing Center (WALES) consulting, The Warren (Literary Journal), and in-house social media content development internships.