Students who major in English will undertake a course of study designed to develop knowledge in literary trends, themes and genres, as well as skills in critical interpretation, research, writing and speaking. In advanced courses, students will investigate the structure, style, intellectual content, historical significance and cultural context of the literature produced in Great Britain and the United States, as well as Anglophone literature from around the world. This extensive textual study will foster appreciation of diverse cultural values and of the means by which culture is transmitted through language.
Roosevelt's bachelor's in English offers faculty advising each semester to students in the major, minor and creative writing concentration. Our program offers the low student/faculty ratio of a teaching-focused institution, with faculty that have impressive research agendas and credentials, including many publications, awards and honors at the local, national and international levels.
English majors in the College of Arts and Sciences can participate in an English, BA to Secondary Education, MA Accelerated Program leading to a BA in English and a Master of Arts degree in Secondary Education. The program allows students to take three graduate-level education courses as part of their undergraduate degrees. Once students are admitted to the MA in Secondary Education, the courses will apply toward completion of the MA degree.
The minor in English complements the student's major course of study, enhancing their critical reading, analytical, and oral and written communication skills.
Just about anything. Our graduates have gone on to careers in publishing, marketing, education, non-profit organizations, teaching, law and much more. See our career guide for English majors for more information.
The English major is not only rewarding in itself but also valuable to students with a variety of goals, such as:
In your junior or senior year, consider enrolling in the Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar, an excellent opportunity to earn six semester hours of course credit at a world-renowned archival research library in the company of high-performing students from four area institutions (Roosevelt, UIC, DePaul and Loyola). The topic of the course is different every year; the course meets twice/week at the Newberry Library in the spring semester.
Being an English major helped me to organize my thoughts and ideas effectively. I started at my company as a copy editor, which was pretty much the exact role I had always wanted!
"The BA in English at Roosevelt teaches students to be critical thinkers and gives them the ability to distill and synthesize information as well as share it in myriad ways. Students graduate from the program well-equipped with tools to excel in an array of career fields, leaving their mark on everything from social media to legal briefs to best-selling novels."