Bachelor of Arts in English:

Build a strong writing portfolio for your future career.

As an English major at Mount Ida, you are ready to take on our program because you enjoy the excitement behind visiting other times and places in books. In the classroom, you will have endless opportunities to study a wide variety of language, literature and culture. Our professors will introduce you to the sparkle of poetry and prose so you can analyze, interpret and draw conclusions in new ways. By the time you finish your degree, you will realize your dream with well-developed critical thinking, writing, research and problem-solving skills.

As an English major, you should consider a double major. The English program lends itself well to many combinations, particularly Pre-law: Law & Society.

Our English degree emphasizes practical learning where you participate in the literary culture as critics, theorists, readers, writers and debaters. Students examine a number of works up-close and acquire the know-how to become a professional writer. With a dynamic environment and small classes, you will receive personalized interaction with our highly engaged faculty.

Through your studies, you can even develop a professional portfolio for internships and job interviews. After examining world-class writers, you will know what intrigues readers to respond to the written word and the life behind it.

The English program offers you the tools of close reading, formal analysis, respectful debate and literary history. You will become trained to discuss and write effectively about the significant works from Renaissance England, early and modern America, and English-speaking countries in Africa and elsewhere through about 20 skill-based courses that cover every aspect of English. Subjects include:

  • American literature
  • British literature
  • Business communication
  • Creative writing
  • Linguistics
  • Professional writing
  • Rhetoric

In total, the Bachelor of Arts in English requires 120 credits, broken down as follows:

  • 48 credits in English
  • 27 credits in humanities, arts and sciences
  • 45 credits in open electives

Here are just a few of the courses you may be taking:

  • EN 205 – Business Communication
  • EN 338 – Topics in American Literature: Culture and Counterculture of the 1960s
  • EN 355 – Topics in Creative Writing: Screenwriting

For complete course listings please refer to our catalog. To learn more about our faculty, please visit the faculty and staff directory.


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The study of literature and language opens the door to excellent job opportunities. Graduates of our English program are skilled, versatile and ready to go to work, and the possible career paths are truly limitless. By putting your research to work, you should determine what you might want to pursue and develop a specialized edge in that profession with your internships and course electives focus. With solid writing skills, you can work in a broad spectrum of fields, including public relations, teaching, publishing, law, journalism and government.