The English major at Ferrum College provides excellent preparation for careers or graduate school in a number of fields such as law, religion, education, public relations, management, and journalism. Students majoring in English select one of three concentration areas: (1) Literature Emphasis, (2) Creative and Professional Writing Emphasis, or (3) Teacher Certification.
Through the study of literature and writing, the English program allows students flexibility in selecting courses to meet their own interests and needs. Coursework promotes understanding of the expressive capacities of language and appreciation for the psychological, cultural, and historical insights of literature. Students learn how to think critically and to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts.
- Creative and Professional Writing Emphasis
- Teacher Certification Emphasis
Courses may include Literature, Literary Criticism, Creative Writing, Rhetoric, Professional Writing, and Linguistics.
Coursework in English
The curriculum incorporates a variety of topics to prepare students for opportunities in the field of English, and includes courses such as the following:
- World Literature
- American Literature
- Children’s Literature
- Contemporary Literature & Film
- Creative Writing
- British Literature
- The Novel
- Appalachian Literature
- Literature and the Environment
- Medieval Literature
- African American Literature
- Literary Criticism
- Professional Writing
There are over 50 clubs and organizations available to students at Ferrum College. The following are specifically related to English:
- English Club
- The Iron Blade (student newspaper)
- Chrysalis Literary & Arts Magazine
- Ferrum College Radio
- Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society
- Student VA Education Association (for students desiring a career in teaching)
What could I be with a major in English?
A major in English is excellent preparation for traditional careers such as teaching or journalism, as well as many other fields in which excellent writing and critical-thinking skills and creativity are needed. For example:
You can become a(n) …
- Public Relations Specialist
- Advertising Copywriter
- Copy Editor
- Literary Agent
- Civil Service Technician or Manager
Each year, the faculty in the department of English chooses a student whose work in English has shown exceptional dedication to high standards. The winner receives the Eric Lee Baker Award for the Outstanding Student in English. The award is named for Eric Baker of Woodstock, VA, who attended Ferrum from 1992 to 1996 and died in an automobile accident less than a month before his scheduled graduation. At Ferrum, Eric was the editor of the Chrysalis literary magazine and wrote film reviews for The Iron Blade.