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English, Concentration: English Literature

Bachelor of Arts

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Program Intro

This is our most flexible concentration, focusing on the study of literature broadly defined. In this sense, literature includes film and pop culture, with opportunities in creative and professional writing.

Department of English and World Languages

Because the Literature concentration involves extensive training in writing and close attention to the meaning of texts, this option provides a flexible set of skills that can be applied to a variety of careers.

Curriculum Overview

Plan your future in our first-year experience course. Then work one-on-one with caring, accomplished faculty mentors. Along the way, you’ll network with alumni, employers and community members.

Our recently revised curriculum emphasizes project-based learning and experiences that employers value, including group work and hands-on projects.

Begin with the English first-year seminar, English composition, and general education courses, as well as your first literature course.

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Sample Courses

  • ENGL 11200 – First-Year Seminar For English Majors
  • ENGL 10400 – English Composition I

Continue with a class in thematic cultural and literary study as well as a course in either digital media or creative writing.

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Sample Courses

  • ENGL 10500 – English Composition II
  • COM 11400 – Fundamentals Of Speech Communication

Advance to higher-level courses in the humanities and social sciences alongside studies in diverse literatures and culture.

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Sample Courses

  • US Traditions
  • Literature and the Arts
  • Literature Elective

Complete your studies with project-based learning, working with regional employers and real-world clients.

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Sample Courses

  • Global Cultures – select from CHESS College Core List
  • Theory Course – ENGL 40300 or ENGL 46900
  • Author Course – ENGL 41100, ENGL 44100

Highlights

Why do employers want English majors?

With training in writing, reading, and critical thinking, our majors are creative and flexible. You’ll be well positioned to find opportunities in today’s economy. We specialize in storytelling — and in a world drowning in data, we need people who can find the story in the data.

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Outcomes

Beyond writing, reading and critical thinking, our majors are also specialists in the crucial leadership skill of empathy –understanding how other people think and feel. We are also specialists in inspiration, through studying the most powerful and memorable cultural objects ever created. You’ll learn to use that power to inspire others.

Scholarships

A variety of scholarships support studying literature at PNW. Inquire with the university’s financial aid office for more information.

Beyond the Classroom

We encourage English majors to participate in activities like:

  • “Furnace,” the student literary journal, which is edited and produced entirely by students
  • Internships with local employers
  • Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society

Career Paths

You can do just about anything with an English major. It’s a versatile degree that can be applied to sectors as wide ranging as healthcare, law, social services and technology. Many of our graduates work in roles like:

  • Marketing content writer
  • Copy editor
  • Social media manager

Employers

Graduates of this program are employed in organizations and companies like:

  • Local and national corporations
  • Libraries, educational institutions and nonprofits
  • Publishers and arts/cultural institutions

Meet the Faculty

Heather Fielding

Heather Fielding, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English

Heather Fielding is an associate professor of english at Purdue University Northwest. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary fiction.

Mita Choudhury

Mita Choudhury, Ph.D.

Professor of English

I am a cultural historian with an expertise in modern British literature and culture. Prior to PNW, I have worked at St. Lawrence University, New York University, and Georgia Tech.

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