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Author Toni Morrison said, “If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” Writers and editors have the unique ability to use their words to create art, inspire change, and move their readers. Lindenwood University-Belleville’s Bachelor of Arts degree in English provides you with the foundation you need to excel in a career in writing and literature.

About English at Lindenwood University-Belleville

Small class sizes make the English program at Lindenwood Belleville perfect for individualized guidance and hands-on learning from talented professors. You’ll gain an understanding of literary styles and techniques and develop strong skills in analytical thinking and critical reading. You’ll also have your choice of focusing your degree on either creative writing or literature by selecting an emphasis. With so many opportunities for personal and professional growth as a writer, you’ll discover your niche at Lindenwood University-Belleville.   

Lindenwood University-Belleville English Faculty

From old English literature to Victorian novels to modernist fiction, the English faculty at Lindenwood University-Belleville are experts in a wide range of literary periods and writing styles. In addition to their teaching careers, they are published literary critics, researchers, and poets whose written works have been featured in numerous scholarly journals and collections of creative writing. You’ll benefit from their one-on-one support as they help you become a better writer and reader.

Earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English at Lindenwood University-Belleville

When you major in English, you’ll take classes in Renaissance English literature, modern drama, African-American literature, and literary criticism. Our major is designed to be flexible enough to accommodate individual interests by letting you choose the classes that interest you most.

This degree program is unique because you have the option to earn an emphasis in creative writing or literature depending on which area you most desire to build up your skills. Your course requirements will be different depending upon the emphasis you choose. You may also choose to do an internship to expand your professional connections. Our majors also have the option of completing some of their requirements through study abroad programs.

Emphasis in Creative Writing

The creative writing emphasis is designed to give you a strong background in literature from many cultures, genres, and time periods, while also focusing on developing your voice as a writer. Your coursework will cover everything from expository and technical writing to all four major creative genres: fiction, poetry, drama, and essay.

Emphasis in Literature

The emphasis in literature will hone your written and oral communication skills, as well as provide you with an in-depth look into the literary work of different cultures and time periods. You’ll learn how to critically read and respond to a variety of texts while also examining themes related to psychology, history, gender, and race.

Earning a Minor in Creative Writing or English Literature at Lindenwood University-Belleville

You may decide to major in a different field, such as history or mass communications, but still would like to develop your skills in writing or literature. With a minor in creative writing or a minor in English literature, you can add another layer of specialization to your degree. A minor is simply a secondary academic subject to add to your knowledge, whether it is professional or personal interest.

The minor in creative writing is 18 credit hours and includes creative writing workshops as well as the option to take courses in technical and professional writing, Medieval English literature, modern fiction, and the history of the English language.

The minor in English literature is 18 credit hours and includes a class on methods of literary study as well as your choice of courses ranging from Chaucer and Shakespeare to American literature, modern fiction, and the English novel.

Earning a Writing Certificate at Lindenwood University-Belleville

Being a good writer is useful in any profession. No matter what major you choose, all Lindenwood students are able to earn a writing certificate by completing 12 credit hours of writing courses beyond basic composition. Coursework is a blend of English and communication classes and includes such areas as creative writing, broadcast newswriting, and written communication for business.

What to do with an English Degree

Graduates with a BA in English are widely employable and often find employment as teachers, journalists, technical or business writers, copywriters, editors, and proofreaders. They may pursue careers in politics, corporate communications, marketing, tourism, public relations, or non-profit organizations. The degree also fully prepares you for continued graduate studies in literature and creative writing or law school, library science, social work, ministry, or counseling.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that technical writers earn a median annual salary of $69,030, and the number of new jobs in this field is on the rise with an expected 10 percent growth rate through 2024. That’s faster than the six percent national average growth rate for jobs. Recent studies have shown that students who graduate with Liberal Arts degrees (including English majors) have better employment rates than the national average of college graduates. Such reports demonstrate that the skills employers are looking for—a broad knowledge base, the ability to problem-solve, the ability to work independently or collaboratively, communication and critical thinking skills—are precisely the skills mastered by English majors.

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