Bachelor of Arts (with teaching certification in grades 7-12 available)
At a Glance
At UWG, a major in English means a solid grasp of history, culture, literature and life—from medieval to contemporary times. Students in the English Department study not only groundbreaking fiction but also individual authors such as Shakespeare and Toni Morrison, poetry, creative nonfiction, professional and technical writing, literary theory, linguistics and even screenwriting. With a UWG English degree, you'll be ready to write a page in the history books yourself.
Why should I choose UWG's English program?
- Trains students in the most important elements of any educational experience or career: critical reading, thinking and writing.
- English majors learn to analyze all sorts of textual material—written, visual, cultural—in an in-depth and complex way, skills that can be applied with great success in all human endeavors.
- With minors in creative writing, film, American Studies and Africana Studies housed in the department, students have the opportunity to explore special interests and to transcend the boundaries of the conventional classroom.
- Fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
- Member of the following associations: Association of Departments of English (ADE); South Atlantic Association of Departments of English (SAADE); Regents Advisory Committee on English (RACE); Modern Languages Association (MLA)
- In-depth study of language, literature and writing along with core English courses devoted to students seeking certification.
- Our students presented or published a total of 101 scholarly papers or creative works last year.
Are there any special opportunities available?
- Students may work with Eclectic, UWG's student-produced journal of the arts that each year sponsors several readings of poetry and fiction and provides a venue for publication of student writing, visual art and music.
- The national publications LIT: Literature, Interpretation and Theory, and a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, have an editorial presence within our department, and students have the opportunity to work with the faculty who serve these positions.
- Several of our undergrads have published in national journals. They may also study film in a rigorous and challenging interdisciplinary program, do internships at publications in Atlanta or locally, and receive instruction from one of the best and most qualified faculties of any program in the country.
- Students have the opportunity to provide valuable input to the department as members of the Student Advisory Committee.
- Frequent meetings between the coordinator of secondary education in English and students in the program offer close one-on-one contact with program and professional issues.
- Participate in Annual Film Festival and Short-Film Contest.
What can I do after graduation, graduate school and job-wise?
- Teaching, public and private schools.
- Business, law and consulting.
- Editing, publishing and professional writing.
- Undergraduate students have opportunities to receive academic credit for internships that prepare them for their professional careers.
- Further Education
- Students interested in further study have been accepted at such universities as Clemson, Northern Michigan, Auburn, UC-Riverside, Louisiana State, Ohio University, SUNY - Binghamton, Tennessee and St. Louis University. The department provides workshops and other information to support students interested in applying to graduate schools.
What kind of student organizations, clubs or honorary societies can I join?
- Sigma Tau Delta
- Film Society
- Student Advisory Committee
- Eclectic staff
What kind of facilities and equipment will be made available to me?
- Multimedia environments allow interdisciplinary thinking and creative experimentation in their class projects.
- Several meeting areas—both formal and informal—in which students can work on collaborative projects or study together or hold meetings of student organizations, including our active chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honor society, and the Student Advisory Committee.
Does the faculty specialize in certain areas?
- British and American literature
- Creative writing
- Teacher education
- Language and grammar
- American studies, women's studies, African American literature and studies, Irish studies, Africana studies
- Southern literature and literary theory
- Young adult literature
- Youth culture in film and television
- Bayeux Tapestry