Undergraduate English: One Degree, Three Options

The Department of English and Philosophy BA in English, with options focused in three different areas:  Teaching, Writing, and Literature.  The Teaching option is offered in conjunction with the school of education, and leads directly to preparation to teach English the public school system.  Writing majors learn the practical aspects of communicating on the job, in business or in industry, to prepare for careers in publishing, editing, writing, and technical communication.  The Literature option is the broadest of our degrees, and involves the careful analysis of texts in their cultural, historical, and formal contexts.  Because the Literature degree involves extensive training in writing and the close attention to the meaning of texts, this option provides a flexible set of skills that can be applied to a wide variety of careers.

Consider an English Minor or Certificate

Even if you decide to major in a scientific, technical, or health-related field, an English minor can be a great way to set yourself apart and show potential employers that you have great communication skills, can think creatively, and are a well-rounded person more generally.  Since it requires only 15 credits and you’ll often take one or two English classes simply to complete your General Education requirements, you can probably add an English minor to your transcript with just two or three additional classes.

Especially noteworthy is our Online Certificate in Writing for Interactive Media.  This 15-credit certificate provides students with a theoretical understanding of the field of interactive media, as well as practical experience in developing original proposals, designs, and treatments.  Students will learn the basics of writing/editing online content, thinking and designing interactively, and how users navigate interactive and online content, among other topics.  You can get more information about the Online Certificate here.

Want More Information?

In the Quick Clicks to the left you’ll find a link to detailed Plans of Study.  If you have specific questions about the major or minor, a good place to start is with the department’s academic advisor, Janet Navarro (navarro@purduecal.edu).  Other questions can be directed to the Dan Punday, the department head (punday@purduecal.edu).