Pursue your passion for language, and build a career that allows you to make a difference through the power of communication.
Shenandoah’s Bachelor of Arts in English program will hone your writing skills, teach you to address a variety of audiences and help you develop critical and creative thinking skills. With a degree in English, you’ll have a solid foundation for an exciting future.
Anyone who has ever loved a book of any kind — or a play or poem or song or movie or TV show or comic book — knows about the power of language. Since the first prehistoric campfire entertainment, stories and songs and poems have taught us, enlightened us and held us in thrall. The study of English, which encompasses the study of great books as well as all aspects of cultural communications, is the study of this most ancient and enduring aspect of our humanity.
A minor in English can help prepare students for a career as an advertising executive, business consultant, editor, English teacher/professor, journalist, online writer, public relations practitioner, speaker/consultant or strategic planner among many other non-traditional options. Studying English produces graduates who can think and speak and write, who know how to learn, and who understand life and people. These skills form an essential basis for all of life’s activities.
What Our Program Offers You
What our students learn/Skills you will acquire
Shenandoah’s undergraduate degree program in English will prepare you for a variety of exciting careers in communications, including advertising executive, business consultant, editor, English teacher/professor, journalist, online writer, public relations practitioner, speaker/consultant or strategic planner, and more. In addition to developing your writing and public speaking skills, our program will teach you how to think critically and apply a variety of communications strategies and problem solving skills throughout your life.
You’ll learn how to:
• become an effective writer able to address a variety of audiences
• develop your powers of analytic, critical, and creative thinking
• understand texts and the varied ways that communications make meaning
• understand the role of textual culture in human life
• critique cultural mores and values
What makes our program unique?
Our program integrates critical and creative writing, and includes an emphasis on professional and creative writing, preparing you for a variety of writing careers in the academic community or the corporate world. Our small classes and low faculty-student ratio mean you’ll receive individualized attention from experienced and caring professors. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to meet and work with visiting writers, and to develop the knowledge and skills you’ll need for a rewarding career in communications.
The Willa Cather Institute
The Willa Cather Institute of Shenandoah University is a dynamic memorial that honors her name and writing by perpetuating her interests in American literature, culture and the fine arts.
Academic & Career Opportunities
As we develop and deepen the professional writing aspects of the program, you’ll have opportunities for internships that feature an emphasis on written communications.