English Literature and Language

English majors read the classics of literature, graphic novels, film, ancient and contemporary poetry, non-fiction, and new media like online games and interactive fiction. Broad, inventive, careful reading helps English students become critical thinkers who understand literary forms as well as historical and cultural traditions.

By learning advanced methods of interpretation, and considering the implications for social justice, our majors approach cultural questions with subtlety and insight. Students who study English practice writing constantly, critically and creatively learning the craft of invention, revision and style.

Unlike other majors which focus on profession-specific skills and content, English majors learn approaches and methods relevant in many contexts. This gives English students the flexibility often demanded by today's employers, providing excellent preparation for a wide range of careers, or for graduate study in English, law, education, or other areas.

Options in English include:

Possible Careers

  • Biographer
  • Book Critic
  • Business Manager
  • Copy Editor
  • Copywriter
  • Creative Writer
  • Editorial Assistant
  • English Teacher
  • Grant Writer
  • Human Resources
  • Interpreter/Translator
  • Law School
Why Choose English Literature and Language at WIU?

WIU English majors enjoy small classes which allow close collaboration with faculty.

Student organizations such as Elements and NCTE offer opportunities to gain experience publishing and attending conferences.

The department offers strong professional development and excellent advising.

A robust schedule of events including visiting writers and scholars brings fresh ideas to the department frequently.

At A Glance

  • Degrees Available: Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts
  • Minor Available? Yes
  • Graduate Degree Available? Yes
  • Campus: Macomb, Quad Cities
  • Study Opportunities: GradTrac, Honors, Teacher Certification, Study Abroad

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