APU’s English major equips students to make effective use of the written word. The degree provides a solid foundation in writing technique and linguistics, as well as world, British, and American literature, creative writing, significant authors, and the history of literary movements. These then provide a framework for advanced study in one of three areas of concentration.
The literature concentration focuses on the analysis and criticism of literary works, including Shakespeare, the American and British novel, and contemporary, adolescent, and children’s literature. The teaching concentration prepares students to be “highly qualified” according to No Child Left Behind for teaching grades 7–12, to waive the state-required CSET English exam, to participate in service learning in local classrooms, and to enter a credential program. The writing concentration prepares students for a professional writing or editing career, such as freelance magazine article writing, creative writing, public relations, and professional technical writing. English majors leave APU prepared to think critically and write compellingly.
Is This Major Right for You?
You’re an English major if you:
- Enjoy writing.
- Enjoy the creative process.
- Want to gain expertise that is in demand and applicable to many fields.
- Are asked to proofread friends' papers.
- Love reading, and books are your constant companions.
- Would like to write novels, screenplays, or poems.
- Enjoy analyzing literature.
“The Department of English professors want to mold students into better writers, readers, and interpreters. I have learned how to formulate and articulate my ideas better than ever because of the assistance from my professors and the level of excellence they expect from APU students. My favorite thing about being an English major at APU is discovering the relevance between literature and Christianity.”