The English major offers a program broad enough to provide a sound basis in literatures (British, American,
and World), in writing (critical, professional, and creative), and in the history and structure of the English language. The curriculum is designed to develop a variety of skills: reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, computer use, and research.
The goals are breadth and depth of learning, development of aesthetic awareness, and preparation for graduate study or for careers in teaching, writing, and the many other professions where communication skills are key: law, publishing, public relations, etc.
English majors at Mars Hill University follow a rigorous course of study in literature and writing, both creative and analytical, leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. Majors who complete additional coursework can get secondary school licensure. Many students in other disciplines choose to minor in English, particularly our burgeoning creative writing minor and concentration. English is often called the “pre-professional liberal arts degree,” as the in-depth study of language and literature, critical reading and writing, provides excellent preparation for the demands of an increasingly communication-heavy society. English majors are uniquely equipped to work in a wide variety of fields with success. Recent English majors have gone on to successful careers in teaching, law, medicine, school administration, marketing, and journalism.