The study of language and literature deepens self-understanding, opens up the broad diversity of human viewpoints and cultures, hones writing and thinking skills, and intensifies the appreciation of the arts of literature and writing. It disciplines the mind as it teaches skills in critical thinking, research, and communication valued in a wide variety of careers.
The Department of English at Eastern Illinois University offers five areas of emphasis to choose from: 1) Literary & Cultural Studies, 2) Professional Writing, 3) Creative Writing, 4) English Language Arts (teacher certification), and 5) English Studies (a very flexible choice for students who desire a more self-directed, but mentored program). We also offer minors in Literary & Cultural Studies, Professional Writing, Creative Writing, and English Language Arts (for those students with a major in another area of teacher education).
What's special about the English major at EIU?
* The size of our program makes it easy for you to get to know other students as well as to work one-on-one with faculty.
* The National Council of Teachers of English recognizes our teacher education program as a model for other programs around the country.
* Our annual literary festival offers creative writing students the opportunity to learn from nationally known writers who visit campus to read from their work and offer workshops free for EIU students.
* Our professional writing program offers its courses both online and face-to-face, so you can shape the schedule that's right for you.
* For students who don't plan to teach, we offer lots of support for career planning, beginning freshman year in the first course in the major and continuing on through a job search preparation course in the fall of senior year.
* For 2015 and 2016, our job placement rate for new graduates of the English B.A. was 92% (100% for students in the English Language Arts program). That's well above the national average for new college graduates, which was 82% for 2015.
Let's start a conversation
Would you tell us just a little more about your interests in English? We have 7 questions for future English majors or minors, right here: https://www.eiu.edu/english/machform/view.php?id=10078
Varies with choice of Emphasis
Departmental Honors Program
Four Year Degree Plan
Course Catalog Listing
http://catalog.eiu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=34&poid=5070 (English Language Arts Teacher Licensure)
Typical Starting Positions
English Language Arts teacher (high school or middle school), editor, promotional writer, social media manager, grant writer, nonprofit program coordinator, digital writer, technical writer, copywriter, communications director, marketing assistant, technical editor, web designer, and some students also go on to law school or graduate school in English or library science.