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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.

Majors

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):

Minors

  • The Creative Writing minor allows students in English or other majors to hone their skills in writing fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, drama, and other creative genres.
  • The Professional Writing minor allows students in English or other majors enhance their ability to communicate effectively in professional environments.
  • The English Language Arts minor is for students who are pursuing teaching certification in a major other than English and wish to become certified to teach English Language Arts as well.
  • The general English minor is designed to allow students in majors other than English to pursue a minor in English that follows their individual interests if our other minors don't meet those needs.  (For example, a student who wants to take mostly literature classes in their minor would want the general English minor, but so would a student who wanted to combine a courses in literature, creative writing, and professional writing.)

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