English Degree Programs

Meet Our English Faculty

Earning your English degree isn’t just about the study of literature—although that is an extremely important part of it. An English degree focuses on the practical use of our language as well as the artistic use of it—Averett English majors learn to persuade, inform, inspire, and entertain. They also learn research, criticism, and public speaking skills. An English degree can prepare you for careers in:

  • Secondary education
  • Public relations
  • Journalism
  • Publishing and editing

With our English and History degree option, you can also lay the foundation of rhetorical, political, and social knowledge you need to continue on to law school. We also offer the option to complete a teaching licensure in Secondary English education or earn a combined History and Theatre degree.

Courses in the English Major

Course topics in our English degree program cover literary periods, major English-language authors, writing, and analysis. Topics of study can include:

  • Chaucer
  • Literary Criticism, Analysis, and Interpretation
  • Literature for Children
  • Modern Literature
  • Origins and Structure of English
  • Restoration and 18th Century Literature
  • Romantic Poetry and Prose
  • Shakespeare
  • Survey of American Literature
  • Victorian Poetry and Prose

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For a full list of courses related to the major in English, please see our course catalog. To read admissions requirements for the English degree, please click here.

For more information about Averett University and our programs in Virginia, contact us or apply now and get started on your career today!