Gain skills such as reading, writing, critical thinking, and complex reasoning lead to greater professional and personal success.
The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences in English are offered through the College of Liberal Arts at MTSU. The English major at MTSU boasts an exciting curriculum in literary and cultural studies, rhetoric and composition, creative writing, and linguistics.
The skills developed in these courses—analysis, writing, reading, research, and communication—help prepare students for potential careers in writing and editing, publishing, law, advertising, public relations, education, business and management, and public service, as well as the performing and creative arts.
In English, we offer an exciting curriculum in literature, film, rhetoric, writing, and linguistics. Our diverse course offerings are designed to appeal to students with varying academic and professional goals. In fact, the skills students develop in our courses—analysis, writing, reading, research, and communication—prepare them well for careers in writing and editing, publishing, law, advertising, public relations, education, management, public service, as well as the performing and creative arts.
You may pursue a traditional degree program in English or opt for one of these concentrations:
- English Language Linguistics engage students in the formal study of the English language and introduces them to theoretical and practical applications of the scientific study of language. The concentration in English Language Linguistics will engage students in the formal study of the English language and introduce them to theoretical and practical applications of the scientific study of language.
- Literary Studies provides training in theory and critical thinking for students considering careers in academia or other fields.
- Literature and Culture gives students an interdisciplinary context, helping prepare them to engage with different aspects of popular and intellectual culture.
- The Writing concentration is designed for students who want to focus on a variety of writing skills, in forms such as fiction, nonfiction, poetry, plays, and technical writing.
- The Teaching Licensure concentration is for students who plan to teach English in grades 6–12. This concentration is combined with a minor in Secondary Education and includes a two-semester classroom-based residency.
A major in English consists of 36 hours of which no more than six (6) may be lower-division hours. Additionally, majors are expected to consult a member of the English faculty each semester regarding the selection and arrangement of electives.
Recommended minors for English majors include a foreign language minor, Film Studies, History, Linguistic Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Theatre, Writing, Southern Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies, but students may choose a minor from those listed under the B.A. requirements or from the interdisciplinary minors.
Degrees in English increase opportunities for success in a constantly changing job market. An emphasis on clear and logical communication prepares students for a wide range of occupations, rather than emphasizing one or two vocational tracks. Students in the program have gone on to such positions as
- Advertising/public relations executive
- Content manager
- Creative writer
- Director/support staff for non-profit organizations
- Lawyer (after law school)
- Professional/technical writer
- Public servant
- School administrator
- Software developer
Employers of MTSU alumni include
- Aquinas College
- Belmont University
- Bryant College
- C. S. Lewis Foundation
- Calhoun Community College (Ala.)
- Chattanooga State Community College
- Cleveland State Community College
- College of the Cumberlands (Ky.)
- Columbia State Community College
- Covenant College
- David Lipscomb University
- Education Networks of America
- Fisk University
- Franklin Road Academy
- Kentucky Christian University
- Michigan State University
- Motlow State Community College
- Nashville State Community College
- Rutherford County Schools
- Tennessee Board of Regents
- Tennessee State Board of Education / Dept. of Education
- Tennessee State University
- Trevecca Nazarene University
- University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Medical School
- Vanderbilt University
- Volunteer State Community College
- Western Kentucky University
- Williamson County Schools
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