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English, BS

120
Total Credit Hours
45
Full-Time Faculty
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Why English at APSU?

Prospective students, parents, and employers often ask what someone can do with their BS in English; the answer to this open-ended question is not as specific as current students and graduates would like. The main differentiation between the BA and the BS is that the BS requires less Foreign Language credit.

The simplicity can be found in the answer that the BS in English earned at APSU can open a world of doors for you. The program builds critical thinking, strengthens communication, establishes lifelong writing skills, and allows students to learn through their love of literature. It is more than reading and writing, which makes this question harder to answer because people wonder how these new skills can be applied in life after graduation.

This program features literature, writing, and linguistics courses (to name a few) that will create well-rounded liberal arts students. Our large faculty is ready to impart their specialty areas of expertise on your learning journey.

What will I learn?

Our English majors develop a deep engagement with the complexities of language, literary form, and artistic expression.  In addition, they have an interest in and an abiding appreciation for American culture and other cultures, and they also learn how to read critically and thoroughly various types of writing.  Our English majors acquire the ability to write well, whether creatively or analytically, and they have the capacity for creative expression and original insight.  The goal for our English majors is for them to have a better understanding of various sorts of literature, various cultures, various historical periods, and themselves.  In our courses, students often learn how the writings of the past may have helped to form the world in which we live today.  Consequently, a major issue for class discussions is often what each work of literature tells us about the culture that produced it—including its religious beliefs, social values and practices, worldview, or ideology—why that work has endured, and what it has to say to us today.

 

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

What Do English Majors Do After Graduation?

English majors go on to pursue many different paths:

  • Technical Writer

     

  • Jobs in Publishing

     

  • Journalism

     


  • Communication Specialist

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    Editor