The English major prepares students for a variety of careers that demand expertise in analyzing texts, thinking critically, and writing for a diverse audience. These include, among others, print and electronic journalism, teaching, law, public relations, marketing, technical writing, librarianship, and information management.
Bachelor of Arts in English
Minor in English
Students of any major outside of English may choose to pursue a minor in English. ENG-L 202, and one other ENG-E or ENG-L at the 300-level or higher, must be completed, in addition to nine additional credit hours that would otherwise contribute to the major.
For the English Minor Checklist.
Dr. Kyoko Takanashi is the Advisor for the English Minor.
Minor in Creative Writing
English majors may minor in Creative Writing if they choose the literature concentration in the major. In place of the ENG-L 202 requirement for the minor, English majors take any creative writing course. In addition, they have the option to substitute another creative writing course for the literary survey requirement of the minor.
For the Creative Writing Minor Checklist.
Dr. Kelcey Ervick is the Advisor for the Creative Writing Minor.
Minor in Film Studies
English majors may minor in Film Studies with either the literature or writing concentration in the major. The minor may include up to 6 credit hours at the 100-level. In addition, students seeking to apply a course with a more comprehensive theme to the minor should be able to show that a major portion of their work, such as a term paper or similar assignment, dealt directly with a film studies topic. The Film Studies Committee reviews applications for substitutions.
For the Film Studies Minor Checklist.
Elaine Roth is the Advisor for the Film Studies Minor.
Minor in Publishing
This practical minor in English and Fine Arts combines training in art, digital media, and graphic design with instruction in writing and editing. Students learn about all aspects of publishing, from drafting and designing to marketing and publicizing a finished product. Through coursework and opportunities at the CLAS Publishing Center (Pub Hub), 42 Miles Press, and Wolfson Press, students can also get hands-on training in a field that’s relevant to any major and career path.
Dr. Kelcey Ervick is the Advisor for the Publishing Minor.
Professional and Public Writing: Minor and Certificate
The English Department offers both a Professional and Public Writing Minor and a Professional Writing Certificate. The 15-credit minor provides students from any major the opportunity to supplement their degree and improve their competitive edge. Students who pursue the minor increase their writing skills, learn to work collaboratively, and acquire real-world problem-solving skills (the top three attributes employers seek, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers).
The 12-credit Professional Writing Certificate is especially geared for professionals from any major or career background. It is a stand-alone credential demonstrating enhanced written communication skills.
For both the minor and the certificate, students must complete ENG-W 231 (Professional Writing Skills) or ENG-W 232 (Intro to Business Writing) and additional 200- and 300-level courses as identified in the IUSB Bulletin. The Professional Writing Committee also reviews requests for course substitutions. Click on the Program Requirements buttons to the right for more information.
Erinn Kelley is the Advisor for the Professional and Public Writing Minor and the Professional Writing Certificate.