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Develop Your Interests Into a Career
Studying English at the undergraduate level is more than satisfying your passion for the written word and enriching your knowledge about the world around you; it’s also a step toward becoming the person and professional you want to be. Whatever your career passion may be, you will be better at it with strong, refined research and communication skills and the ability to think and work independently, creatively, and analytically.
The English field of study at AUM is designed to offer students a broad background in literature and language as a preparation for graduate study or careers in a number of job fields where communication skills are paramount: as educators, journalists, editors, authors, lawyers, business consultants, public relations specialists, television producers, and more.
At AUM, you’ll learn in a supportive environment that includes small classes and intensive, personal instruction from experienced professors who hold terminal degrees and have published significant research or creative work in their specialties.
As you pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, you’ll be able to take courses from a range of subjects, including:
Students in the Department of English and Philosophy have an opportunity to contribute to Filibuster, a student-run publication of poetry, short stories, songs, journal entries, plays, screenplays, and other genres and forms. Internships with local advertising agencies, online and print publications, and other businesses will give you valuable real-world experience. To help you pay for school, scholarships are available on a department level and at the university level.
The Know How
What you will know with an English degree from AUM
Surveys with employers tell us that writing, researching, presenting, and critical reading are important career skills for serious job candidates. You’ll start developing those and other skills as you launch a lifetime of learning.
The courses in this program help you become a critical thinker, with skills such as collecting and evaluating information, drawing conclusions and evaluating those conclusions.
This program will help you prepare for graduate studies (if you choose to pursue them), to advance in your career, and to have the best shot at advancement or leadership roles.
Through internship opportunities, study abroad, hands-on assignments, and professional networking opportunities, you’ll be ready to jump into the job market.
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Customize Your Concentration
Rewarding Occupations and Job Growth
Through classwork and internships, our graduates are well prepared to read, write, analyze, argue, prove, and respond. These skills are vital in many career paths.
Check out our Career Discovery Board on this page to begin exploring your options. Contact us by phone or email so we can get you the answers you need.
In addition to university-wide scholarships, you could be a candidate for the English and Philosophy Scholarship, the Guin A. Nance Endowed Scholarship, the Marion Michael Scholarship or others.
With an English degree, you will be ready to undertake a variety of career choices. AUM’s Career Development Center helps you jumpstart your job search and use your network to expand your career options.
Students seeking to continue their education in Law school are given dedicated resources that provide class schedule advising focused on career choice, assistance with graduate school applications, and more.
Is a Degree in English right for me?
With this bachelor’s degree as your educational foundation, you have many career possibilities.
|Career/Job Title||Entry-level Education||Job Growth 2020-2030||Annual Median Salary|
|Professor||Master’s degree||12% (Faster than average)||$80,560|
|Editor||Bachelor’s degree||5% (Slower than average)||$63,400|
|Writer/Author||Bachelor’s degree||9% (As fast as average)||$67,120|
|Public Relations Specialist||Bachelor’s degree||11% (Faster than average)||$62,810|
|Technical Writer||Bachelor’s degree||12% (Faster than average)||$74,650|
|News Analyst, Reporter, and Journalist||Bachelor’s degree||6% (As fast as average)||$49,300|
Note: Salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education, training, demographics, and industry. Here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
At AUM’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, you will have powerful learning experiences, working side by side with professors who have real-world experience.
Our academic departments include Communication and Theatre, Criminal Justice, Economics, English and Philosophy, Fine Arts, History and World Cultures, Political Science and Public Administration, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, and Army ROTC. To help you pay for college, you might qualify for one of our scholarships.
Official Name of the English Degree
Bachelor of Arts in English
This degree requires students to meet on campus. Students in these courses enroll in a program to connect in a campus setting and to collaborate using a variety of technological and educational tools. Professors play an inspirational role in building relationships among teams and individuals in this setting. The criteria for many programs can only be met with In-Class coursework. Be sure to check with your advisor to understand the best route to take.
To complete this degree concentration, you will need to complete courses in the university core, English, and electives. Contact us for a current listing of courses required to complete this program.
The course listings below are only a few of the classes this concentration requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor.
|Course #||Course Name||Course Description|
|ENGL 2500||English as a Field of Study||Introduces students majoring in English to the possibilities and approaches of the discipline, the methods of computerized and library research and (through guest lectures) the members of the English faculty.|
|ENGL 3010||Introduction to Professional and Technical Writing||Introduces students to the concepts and strategies of professional and technical writing.|
|ENGL 3070 or ENGL 4050 or ENGL 4070||Introduction to Linguistics or Studies in English Grammar or History of the English Language||Introduction to Linguistics: An introduction to basic concepts in linguistics, including phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. (May be repeated once for credit when the topic varies.)
Advanced English Grammar: A survey of the structure and grammar of English, with particular attention to the usage of the language for teachers and writers.
History of the English Language: Development of the English language.
|ENGL 4080||Literary Criticism||A study of the history and fundamental principles of literary criticism from Aristotle to the present.|
|ENGL 4270||Studies in Shakespeare||A study of the plays of William Shakespeare. The topic will vary from semester to semester at the discretion of the professor.|
|ENGL 4950||English Capstone||The capstone prepares senior English majors for graduation and career success via a research project in their area of interest and professionalization exercises.|
|PHIL 2010||Introduction to Philosophy||An introduction to the methods of philosophical inquiry and a study of some major topics in philosophy.|