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English

Major Requirements

As an English major, you will learn to recognize and capitalize on the power of writing in all of its forms.

Across literature, film, and other storytelling mediums, you’ll explore the capacity of the written word to challenge conventional thinking, influence social change, rewrite cultural myths, shape concepts of identity, and communicate both ordinary and extraordinary life experiences.

Meet Your Major 

In this major, you’ll examine how culture shapes not only words, but also writers and their audiences. You’ll develop an understanding of the entire creative process, from the conception of imaginative writing to its interpretation by astute readers. And you’ll interact with fellow students and dedicated professors in classroom settings that are small in size but rich in insights.

Specifically, you’ll learn how to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how meaning is constructed in different kinds of texts, through oral and written analysis of textual features or through creating the texts themselves.
  • Identify and articulate in papers, presentations, exams, and other projects the connection between individual literary works and their historical and cultural contexts.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of literary scholarship and skills in library, internet, or multimedia research.

Hands-On Learning

English majors have access to a variety of departmentally sponsored, co-curricular internships. The Broadsheet Production Board gives you the opportunity to conceptualize, format, write, edit, and distribute the monthly departmental newsletter under the direction of a full-time English department faculty member. As a Field Activity Researcher, you can assist a professor of an English course offering that includes field-visit components by helping to identify feasible field destinations and activities, perform online research, and organize visits.

The Writers House and Studio offers the opportunity to assist the director and program coordinator with planning, organizing, publicizing, and hosting a wide range of events held at the facility. And an internship with the Annual Spring Symposium Programming Board, exclusively available to senior English majors, allows you to help coordinate and oversee the Spring Symposium, which showcases student and faculty literary productions.

Career Options

Because so much of the professional world values critical thinking and communication skills—precisely the ones we hone in this program—a degree in English is beneficial, no matter what career you pursue. As a graduate with a degree in English, you’ll be well equipped for jobs in:

  • Publishing
  • Marketing
  • Journalism
  • Teaching
  • Freelance writing
  • Public relations

You’ll also be prepared to pursue graduate work in:

  • English
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Library Science
  • Business

What You’ll Take

As an English major, you must complete a minimum of 38 credits in the major. You must also maintain a grade point average of at least 2.0 in your selected courses.

Standard English Major

ENG 2050 Introduction to Literary Studies 
(Complete before the end of sophomore year.)
ENG 2055 Sophomore Seminar in English
(Complete during second semester sophomore year.)
Plus these courses: Three courses at the 3000 level or higher:
  • one course before 1800
  • one course after 1800
  • one course either before or after 1800
Plus these courses:  Three literature electives at the 3000 level or higher.
Plus this course:
  • One open English elective at the 3000 level or higher.
  • A course at the 2000 level or below (exclusive of FYW 1050) may count as an English elective if taken before the end of the junior year or before the completion of a total of 24 courses. 
ENG 4950W Senior Seminar

English Major With Creative Writing Concentration

ENG 2050 Introduction to Literary Studies 
(Complete before the end of sophomore year.)
ENG 2055 Sophomore Seminar in English
(Complete during second semester sophomore year.)
Plus these courses: Three courses at the 3000 level or higher:
  • one course before 1800
  • one course after 1800
  • one course either before or after 1800
Plus these courses:  Three creative writing courses.
Plus this course:
  • One open English elective at the 3000 level or higher.
  • A course at the 2000 level or below (exclusive of FYW 1050) may count as an English elective if taken before the end of the junior year or before the completion of a total of 24 courses. 
ENG 4950W Senior Seminar

English Major With Film Concentration

ENG 2050 Introduction to Literary Studies 
(Complete before the end of sophomore year.)
ENG 2055 Sophomore Seminar in English
(Complete during second semester sophomore year.)
Plus these courses: Three courses at the 3000 level or higher:
  • one course before 1800
  • one course after 1800
  • one course either before or after 1800
Plus these courses:  Three film courses.
(One film course offered outside the English department may count towards this minor, subject to English department approval.)
Plus this course:
  • One open English elective at the 3000 level or higher.
  • A course at the 2000 level or below (exclusive of FYW 1050) may count as an English elective if taken before the end of the junior year or before the completion of a total of 24 courses. 
ENG 4950W Senior Seminar   

Courses in the School of Liberal Arts are scheduled to account for instructional time that is commensurate with credits earned.

More Info 

Steven Scherwatzky
Chair and Professor, English

978-837-3431
scherwatzkys@merrimack.edu