For those who love books, ideas, language, debate, deep thought and creative expression, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English prepares you to study literature in depth, understand its cultural context and write about it thoughtfully. At Young Harris College, you’ll develop skills essential to a variety of graduate programs and professions, including close analysis of difficult texts, advanced research methods and the art of persuasive writing.
You may specialize in one of two tracks: Literature or Creative Writing. Students in the Literature concentration study masterpieces of American, British and World literature through survey courses as well as special topics courses in specialized fields of literary study. Within the Literature concentration, you learn how to read and analyze literary works, how to engage in dialogue about literary theory and criticism and how to produce insightful arguments. Students in the Creative Writing concentration study literary works as models and inspiration. You will learn to write poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and drama that speak with an original voice.
Many English graduates and faculty are respected authors, poets and playwrights.
YHC professors work closely to mentor you in the writing process and help answer questions about staying true to yourself as a writer or even how to get started. You will have the opportunity to publish your own creative work in the College's literary magazine, The Corn Creek Review. An English Majors Organization (EMO) sponsors professionalization workshops and gives you opportunities to share your love of literature with others. Our Visiting Writers series enables you to discuss literary works with the authors directly.
With a major in English, you will be thoroughly prepared for graduate study needed to pursue careers in college teaching or creative writing. Your skills are also relevant to professions such as:
• Library science
• Public relations
Students are able to add on initial certification while completing a bachelor's degree in English. In addition to the degree with certification program, a post-baccalaureate program is available for those already holding a bachelor's-level degree to pursue a certification area in English. These certifications may be completed in three semesters. Find out more about the Teacher Preparation Program at YHC.
Questions? Contact Associate Professor of English and English Department Chair Dr. Amanda Lawrence.