For those who love books, ideas, language, debate, deep thought and creative expression, the English Department offers two degrees: a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing.
Students pursuing the BA in English study masterpieces of American, British and World literature through survey courses and special topics courses that cover everything from Arthurian legends to contemporary novels. Through working closely with an outstanding faculty of teacher-scholars, students can learn how to read and analyze literary works, how to engage in dialogue about literary theory and criticism, and how to produce original, insightful arguments. Their coursework will culminate in the development of a project suitable for presentation at a literary studies conference.
Students pursuing the BA in Creative Writing develop their voices and follow their literary ambitions under the guidance and mentorship of successful writers. Students are introduced to the craft of writing poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and drama, and go on to develop extended creative projects in the genre of their choice. With a mix of literature classes, courses in the form and theory of poetry and narrative, and creative workshops, the major gives students a strong grounding in both contemporary writing and the literary tradition.
Whether you choose the BA in English or the BA in Creative Writing, you will develop useful and transferable skills such as close analysis of difficult texts, advanced research methods, the art of persuasive writing, and the power of personal expression. Therefore, with a major in English, you will be thoroughly prepared for graduate study needed to pursue careers in college teaching or creative writing as well as a variety of professions such as:
• Library science
• Public relations
YHC professors will work closely to mentor you in the reading and writing process and help answer questions along the way. You will have the opportunity to publish your own creative work in the College's literary magazine, The Corn Creek Review, and to participate in groups such as the English Majors Organization (EMO), which sponsors professionalization workshops and gives you opportunities to share your love of the written word with others. Our Visiting Writers series enables you to discuss literary works with the authors directly.
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.