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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


Language Arts for Teacher Licensure


Literary & Cultural Studies, Professional Writing, Creative Writing, English Language Arts (Teacher Certification), English Studies

Hours Required

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.

Study Abroad Opportunities

England: Harlaxton Manor (semester program), England: Harlaxton Manor (summer program), South Africa

Research Opportunities

The English Department encourages undergraduate students to pursue research in an area of particular interest to them. An undergraduate research project allows you to work closely with a faculty member who has an expertise and interest in your subject area. Learn more at: http://www.eiu.edu/english/UG_research.php

Student Professional Organizations

Three student organizations are closely affiliated with the Department of English: English Club, Sigma Tau Delta and Writers Ink. Information about our RSOs is available at: http://www.eiu.edu/english/student_organizations.php

Professional Development Opportunities

The major starts students thinking about professional development in their first semester in the program, in a one-credit course called English Forum. We strongly encourage students to take another one-credit professional development course in senior year. English 4060 helps students plan their post-college job search, prepare materials to share with potential employers, and prepare for the search, interview, and selection process.

Between freshman and sophomore years, we offer many opportunities to professionalize. Each spring, our annual conference allows students to present work they've done in classes to students and faculty from outside those classes--or to present independent projects they've pursued on their own.

Our junior seminar class focuses on moving what we do as English majors beyond the walls of the classroom, and finding ways to make our reading, writing, and critical thinking relevant to people outside the English major.

Each year, workshops and career events offer more opportunities for students to explore what it means to be a professional and how the English major can help students to achieve their goals.

The Vehicle is a literary magazine produced by the students of Eastern Illinois University. It is published twice a year, with an online edition in fall semester and a print edition in spring.

Faculty Listing


English, Coleman Hall 3135
Contact Name: Dr. Dana Ringuette
Contact Email: dringuette@eiu.edu
Web: http://www.eiu.edu/english/