What is distinctive about an English major at Illinois College?
The English department is dedicated to developing its students' abilities through instruction focused on correct, effective writing techniques and the artistic, intellectual, and social values of literature and rhetoric. With courses in the English Department ranging from "From Middle-Earth to Outer Space" to "Creative Non-Fiction Workshop," the Illinois College English curriculum challenges students to extend their literary experience and sharpen their critical analysis and interpretation skills. Students majoring in English choose either the department's literature or writing—expository or creative—concentration, but all English majors come together in their senior year for a special topic senior seminar. Past senior seminar topics include: Critical Race Studies, Literary Biography, Literature and Medicine, among others. English majors who choose to undertake a program in secondary education coordinate their studies in English with the coursework required for teacher certification, as outlined by the Education Department.
What options are available after graduation?
Often students recognize that English is a discipline that will prepare them well for graduate study, professional school or a particular vocation in law, education, journalism, or business. The most easily accessible career paths for English majors include the following:
- education (elementary through post-secondary)
- public relations and advertising
- library science
- editing and publishing
- staff writing
- technical writing
- news media
- business administration.
Illinois College English majors have also pursued graduate work at Washington University, Tulane University, University of Illinois, the Ohio State University, Kent State, University of Kentucky, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, St. Louis University, Clemson University and the University of Illinois at Springfield.
Terms List for English Majors
Students can find definitions for these terms inThe Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms. Eds. Ross Murfin and Supryia M. Ray.