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 EIU Department of English has revised its undergraduate majors and minors to offer students more choice and flexibility.
We now offer five areas of study:
The new programs aim to better serve the diverse academic interests and career goals of English majors, who go on to careers in teaching; writing and editing, including new media; law; librarianship; management, both in commercial and non-profit settings; and many, many other areas.
Students in all Emphases of the English major take a group of common core courses. The core introduces key concepts including the study of language, textual analysis, and an orientation to British and American literary history. The core also helps students develop their research and writing skills and plan and prepare for careers. New features include:
High-achieving students in all majors may also be eligible to participate in departmental honors.
Students who began college prior to Fall 2015 may choose the new program or continue to follow the requirements of the old program, if they wish.