Why choose English Studies at North Central College?
Using language effectively—reading deeply and writing clearly—are skills developed by a major in English Studies and are essential for a wide range of careers in business, teaching, law and administration. English Studies encompasses the interpretation of literature, film, and a wide variety of other texts as well as creative writing, and courses such as writing for social change and editing, writing and publishing. As you interpret historical and contemporary texts and films, you’ll reflect upon national and global issues and draw upon theoretical concepts from a range of related disciplines. You will polish your writing skills in all English courses, ranging from literature to creative writing to rhetoric and composition. You can gain practical experience as a tutor in our Writing Center, as a writer or editor for the award-winning student newspaper The Chronicle, student humor magazine The Kindling and student literary magazine 30 N., or as an intern in a variety of businesses requiring strong writers and analysts. You may pursue independent research projects and undergraduate conference presentations. You’ll top off your major with a senior portfolio compiled from your best work in either upper-level writing courses in specific genres or in-depth literature seminars on special topics, major authors or particular genres.
You can also:
- Earn an optional upper-level concentration in writing or literature.
- Work toward your teaching license by also majoring in secondary education.
- Gain practical experience in student-run publications (newspaper, humor magazine, journal of creative writing).
- Join the Sigma Tau Delta English honor society and participate in nationwide undergraduate conferences and local social and service activities.
- Combine English with other majors, like political science or business, to prepare for graduate or law school or business careers.
- Conduct independent research requiring travel or special resources and present your results at local and national academic conferences with the support of a Richter Grant.