English (BA)

Prepare for a variety of careers and graduate school endeavors through a robust analysis and critique of various forms of literary expression.

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Why English?

An English degree is a versatile undergraduate program that lays a solid foundation in literature, communication, grammar/mechanics, and the liberal arts. While English majors sometimes get a bad rap for lack of career direction, this judgment is unfounded. An English degree can lead to hundreds of careers. Think about it: Any time you see words written somewhere—novels, textbooks, billboards, cereal boxes—someone had to craft those sentences and someone had to edit them. There are countless career opportunities for those who know how to communicate effectively and write well (even if it just pays the bills while you pursue a book contract or graduate school!).

Why English at Cairn?

  • Navigate diverse literary criticism with a biblical worldview.
  • Customize your education through the addition of minors in other disciplines.
  • Join the Honors Program and dive deeper into a specific literary time period or writing style.
  • Complete up to six credits of internship in professional workplaces, including the University’s own communications office.
  • Complete program alongside of a Master’s in Education degree in as few as five years.
  • Learn from professors who have varied literary interests and specialized concentrations.
  • Prepare a final thesis paper or project on a topic of personal interest that can be shared with prospective graduate schools.

Career Paths

  • Graduate school in English, Literature, Law, etc.
  • Editor
  • Proofreader
  • Copywriter
  • Communications specialist
  • Freelance writer/editor