English major introduces students to ethical, aesthetic,
intellectual, and cultural issues embodied in a wide variety of literary
genres drawn from broad historical periods. The goal is to acquaint
students with the English and American literary traditions, methods of
textual analysis, and the diversity of theoretical
approaches to literature.
The English major introduces students to ethical,
aesthetic, intellectual, and cultural issues embodied in a wide variety of
literary genres drawn from broad historical periods. The goal is to acquaint
students with the English and American literary traditions, methods of textual
analysis, and the diversity of theoretical approaches to literature.
A major in English requires 39 semester hours plus
a final portfolio of work completed for the major. The department offers 200-level courses to
introduce students to the British, American, and world literary traditions as
well as methods of literary research and analysis. Courses at the 300-level concentrate on
specific historical periods, genres, minority literature and authors, while
courses at the 400-level provide opportunities for in-depth study of literary
The Department of English, Rhetoric, and Writing
also offers a major in Creative Writing.
It brings together academic literary study and creative studio work with
opportunities for service and experiential learning focusing on nature and
culture. It thus cultivates an awareness
of how writing emerges from the intersection of self and place.
A major in Creative Writing requires 39 semester hours
plus a final portfolio of work completed for the major and participation in a
senior reading. The department offers a 200-level course to introduce students
to general principles of craft in creative writing. Courses at the 300- and 400-levels
concentrate on reading, drafting, and revision of creative work in a variety of
genres in a workshop format. Creative
Writing majors must also complete 15 hours of study in literature courses.
Creative Writing majors will have opportunities to
interact one-on-one with writers of national and international renown; this
feature, in addition to the extensive natural resources of the campus and
special courses that combine an immersion in place, literature, and creative
writing, all serve to make Berry’s creative writing program unique.
ENGLISH/SECONDARY EDUCATION DUAL-MAJOR
Students who plan on teaching English at the
secondary level will complete a dual-major – one in English and the other in
Secondary Education. The two departments
work together to ensure that students are thoroughly prepared in English and
have the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in the classroom. Students
will graduate ready to become certified teachers with a special endorsement in
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) as well as a strong
background in English studies and excellent teacher preparation. Students who pursue this career should take
courses in linguistics, Shakespeare/Renaissance Drama, Young Adult literature,
and writing as well as electives in literature.
CAREERS FOR ENGLISH MAJORS
Because graduates skilled in research, textual
analysis, critical thinking and writing have a competitive edge in today’s job market,
opportunities for English majors are diverse.
Graduates in English or Creative
Writing often pursue careers in law, advertising, publishing, public relations,
teaching, technical or creative writing, public or academic administration,
library science, business management, insurance, banking, corporate
communications, counseling, or non-profit organizations.
Recent Berry English alumni have been accepted to such graduate schools as the University of Chicago, University of Miami, State University of New York, University of Oxford, Hollins University, Vanderbilt University, University of Virginia and University of Georgia.