Exciting classes, a distinguished faculty, excellent preparation for a wide range of career paths, and many opportunities for extracurricular activities and learning opportunities … These are just a few of the reasons to choose an English major at Columbia College.
A degree in English is an asset to anyone who seeks to become a strong critical thinker and an excellent communicator. A degree in English from Columbia College allows you to challenge yourself intellectually in the context of a strong and vital community that’s defined by warm and supportive relationships between students and faculty.
The English major at Columbia College is designed to be very flexible, allowing students to tailor their course of study to their individual interests and goals. The department offers programs in Literary Studies, English Education, and Writing for Print and Digital Media. English majors can also gain professional experience through our practicum and internship programs.
Majoring in English at Columbia College
We've designed the English major at Columbia College to provide students with a solid core of reading, writing and critical thinking skills, while also allowing each student the flexibility to pursue a course of study tailored to her specific interests and professional goals.
The department offers three specific tracks:
Students within each emphasis take a common core group of classes, then complete their major by selecting from a broad menu of courses that satisfy their specific requirements.
For more information on each track, see the course catalog.
Minoring in English at Columbia College
An English minor is a great way for students in any major to sharpen their skills as writers and critical thinkers. After choosing between a minor in Literary Studies or Professional Writing, students complete 12 hours of coursework from a menu of appropriate classes. For more information on the English minor, see the course catalog
About the English Program
Academic excellence among students and a distinguished faculty who are published authors and noted scholars—these are the hallmarks of the English program at Columbia College.
The English program offers an exceptionally small student-faculty ratio, so students and faculty really have a chance to get to know one another, both inside and outside of the classroom.
One thing English majors consistently cite as a strength of the department is the number of activities and professional development opportunities it offers. Students can write for any of several campus publications, present papers at regional and national conferences, read their creative work at Lyrical Lattes, travel and study abroad, learn more about possible career interests through internships and practica, and relax and enjoy each others’ company at any of several annual parties and other social gatherings.
Some of the many opportunities for learning and fellowship outside the classroom that are provided by the English program include:
- Writing for and/or editing the campus newspaper, the Post Script; the yearbook, the Columbian, the literary yearbook, the Criterion; and the English program newsletter, Words and Deeds
- Joining the English Majors Society and attending its monthly meetings—membership is open to all English majors and minors
- Joining the Sigma Tau Delta English Majors Honors Society—Columbia College has one of the oldest Sigma Tau Delta chapters in the nation
- Attending the annual national Sigma Tau Delta conference
- Attending other national and regional conferences, including the American Culture Association of the South
- Participating in writing and speaking contests through the Pearce Center
- Working with the prominent creative writers who take part in our annual Visiting Writers Program—recent visiting writers include Susan Ludvigson, George Singleton and Ron Rash
- Working and studying in Washington, DC through our Washington Semester program
- Taking part in special productions like Shakespeare on Stage
- Raising money for English Majors Society activities—and stocking up on bargain books—at our annual book sale
- Socializing with faculty and fellow students at our annual welcome-back picnic and end-of-the-year banquet
Career Opportunities for English Majors
- English as a Second Language
- Government Service
- Business Communications
- Public Relations
- Copy Editing
- Radio/TV Announcer
- Editing-Books and Magazines
- Technical Writing
- Nonprofit Administration
- Media/Computer Design
- College/University Administration
- Foreign Service/International Affairs
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