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Bachelor's in English (BA)

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.
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Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall, Spring
Program Type: Major, Minor

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.

Expectations & Requirements

Standards

  • Read and interpret a wide range of literature in order to understand how those texts engage with social, political, historical and aesthetic issues
  • Understand the craft of writing through incorporating the techniques and practices of published writers
  • Develop skills in the processes of reading, research, composition and editing
  • Acquire a foundation of content and skills that stimulates intellectual inquiry and the ability to think critically and imaginatively
  • Understand that language is a nuanced and powerful means of self-expression and social interaction
  • Consider how literary texts (including print and new media) both reflect and participate in cultural conflict and change
  • Gain insight into the myriad ways that language and literature help us to understand and to work for social justice
  • Become thinkers and writers equipped to follow a diverse range of career paths, including (but not limited to) writing, editing, publishing, library science, law, education, marketing and journalism

Minor Requirements

The minor in English complements the student's major course of study, enhancing their critical reading, analytical, and oral and written communication skills.

Sample Courses

  • Exploring Literature
  • Topics in World Literatures or Intro to African-American Literature
  • Intro to Literary Analysis
  • Texts and Contexts
  • Crime in Victorian Literature
  • The Rise of the Novel
  • Imagining Terror
  • Teaching Writing, Theory and Practice

Outcomes

What Can You Do With An English Major?

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.

Preparation for Further Study

The English major is not only rewarding in itself but also valuable to students with a variety of goals, such as:

  • teaching English in secondary schools and abroad
  • working in any field for which cultural awareness and strong analytical, interpretive, research and writing skills are desired
  • entering professional schools in such areas as law, medicine, technology or business
  • pursuing graduate degrees in English literature and language
Grad Schools Attended By Our Alumni
  • Columbia University (NYC)
  • New York Film Academy
  • University of Warwick (UK)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Valparaiso University Law School

More Opportunities

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.

Testimonials

"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."
Regina Buccola
​Professor of English, Roosevelt University