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English at EIU

The English Department offers two majors and four minors for undergraduate students, offering students flexibility in their areas of emphasis. In all our programs, students experience what makes Eastern special: small class sizes (usually between 15 and 25) taught by faculty who hold PhDs in their fields and who are active scholars and publishing writers.


The English Department offers two distinct majors:

  • B.A. in English
  • B.A. in English Language Arts (with teacher certification)

Students who wish to become certified to teach English at the high school level should choose the B.A. in English Language Arts; students who wish to major in English but who have other goals (such as professional writing, law school, graduate school in English or related fields), should choose the B.A. in English. High-achieving students in either major may also be eligible to participate in departmental honors.

Requirements for a B.A. in English:

Requirements for a B.A. in English Language Arts (with teacher certification):


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