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Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in English

The Bachelor of Arts in English is a literature intensive program that allows considerable flexibility for students to choose their major classes. Additionally, students have free elective hours and a minor built into the degree requirements, a benefit for those who want the freedom to tailor their education to varied interests or professional goals. The curriculum easily allows for students to complete a certificate program to complement their major interests. This degree, as do all English programs, requires two classes of a modern language at an intermediate level.

Selected Educational Objectives

  1. Write for a variety of audiences while demonstrating writing proficiency and fluency in various contexts;
  2. Effectively communicate orally for a variety of audiences and purposes;
  3. Demonstrate an awareness of literary, rhetorical and linguistic approaches to the field.

Examples of Outcome Assessments

  1. Faculty will assess student's portfolios that span work completed while in the program.
  2. Faculty will assess senior research projects for both written and oral proficiency.

Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in English with Teacher Certification

The Bachelor of Arts in English with Teacher Certification is an education centered program that prepares students to complete secondary level teacher certification in English. The education classes in this curriculum essentially function as the minor for the degree. Students take twenty-nine hours of upper level English courses and twenty-three hours of education courses, exclusive of student teaching. This degree, as do all English programs, requires two classes of a modern language at an intermediate level.

Master of Arts in English

The Department of English and Modern Languages at Georgia Southwestern State University is proud to offer an MA in English with a focus on Critical Literacy and Communications.  Within classes that are a part of this program, faculty help students unpack traditional definitions of literacy and explore how new technologies change the way scholars and the public think about reading and writing.  Through an intensive study of the history of literacy, students learn how dramatically our understanding of reading and writing has changed over time. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our current program director, Dr. Paul Dahlgren

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In recent years, there has been an increasing awareness of the importance of communication skills in every area of endeavor. Responding to the growing demand for effective communications, the Department has established minor fields of study in English and professional writing. These minors complement a variety of majors in business, technical, social service, and teaching fields. Moreover, by enhancing a student's communication and analytical skills, these minors give the student an added edge in career choice.

With increasing trade among countries, competency in a second language can be a key factor in the successful attainment of a position in business, public relations, commerce, or government. The Department offers a minor in Spanish.

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