English Bachelor's Degree Overview
Three concentrations are offered to English majors at UT. The general literature option features a wide range of courses in English, American, and Global literature and literary criticism. Students interested in writing and/or editing careers may choose from the general writing or creative writing concentrations. Students may also earn Honors or a minor in English. UT’s English department also offers master’s programs in Literature and English as a Second Language (ESL).
All English majors work closely with advisers to design individual areas of specialization and may choose an internship program where they may receive credit for work in businesses or organizations off campus. The department of English is unique in that it offers a working relationship with the Toledo Museum of Art and the Center for the Visual Arts, providing an extensive archive of print materials and artists’ books, allowing for courses in visual language, letterpress printing and the art and process of the book. Students may work with Aureole Press, a literary fine-press that publishes established and up-and-coming writers. English majors also edit and publish the Toledo Review of poetry and prose.
English Bachelor's Degree Highlights
Designed to produce skilled and sophisticated readers and writers, the University of Toledo English major gives students sound academic preparation while providing flexible professional options. It involves not only the study of great literature but essential practice in the skill of reading, a skill necessary for communicating and understanding in a complex world. Alumni of the English department find these skills valuable in the classroom, in publications of all kinds, and in law, politics, and business. Students also have the opportunity for hands-on study in the department’s fine press and typography lab.The major also provides a solid background for students considering graduate study in English or other fields; for those students, and others interested in the challenge of an independent project, the department’s Honors Program is recommended.
English majors can chose either of two concentrations. You must choose a concentration before you can apply for graduation; declaration forms are available in the College of Arts and Sciences, University Hall, Third Floor Room 3160. Both require a core group of courses introducing the techniques and background required for advanced literary study, including intensive study of an author through Shakespeare. Together these courses provide a foundation for more advanced work, which varies according to the concentration a student chooses. The concentrations available are:
Literature: This concentration is intended to provide a solid background in the skills of literary criticism and the knowledge of literary history. In addition to the major core, this concentration requires four courses leading to an understanding of literature advanced in both breadth – through coverage of major historical categories – and depth – through investigation of a single author.
Creative Writing: The Creative Writing Concentration is intended for students with a serious interest in writing poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction, students who are considering obtaining an MFA in Creative Writing. The major is focused around three writing workshops, which build skills in specific genres through rigorous revision and peer review, and the capstone course, designed to prepare student work for applications to graduate school or submission to literary journals.
English is the perfect training ground for a wide range of jobs. English graduates can obtain the jobs traditionally associated with English (editors, teachers, journalists, public relations persons, speech writers and ad writers), and they can leap into any number of mass media positions, government agencies and business organizations.
English Bachelor's Degree Curriculum