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, under the College of Arts and Humanities at Eastern Illinois University, offers an English major with five emphases to choose from: 1) English with an Emphasis in Literary & Cultural Studies, 2) English with an Emphasis in Professional Writing, 3) English with an Emphasis in Creative Writing, 4) English with an Emphasis in English Language Arts (teacher certification), and 5) English with an Emphasis in 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).
Language Arts for Teacher Licensure
Literary & Cultural Studies, Professional Writing, Creative Writing, English Language Arts (Teacher Certification), English Studies
Varies with choice of Emphasis
Departmental Honors Program
Four Year Degree Plan
Course Catalog Listing
Study Abroad Opportunities
England: Harlaxton Manor (semester program), England: Harlaxton Manor (summer program), South Africa
The English Department encourages undergraduate students to pursue research on 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 Vehicle is a biannual literary magazine produced by the students of Eastern Illinois University. Read current and past issues at: http://www.thevehiclemagazine.com