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Bachelor of Arts in
English

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Critical reading, writing, thinking—these are the skills for success in any field.

As an English major, you'll sharpen your observational and analytic acuity and improve your ability to shape words to communicate more effectively, opening up a diverse range of career options.

When you pursue a B.A. in English, you will take a core set of foundational courses that will teach you to analyze and evaluate works of American, English, and other world literature in their cultural and historical perspectives. You'll also take four courses specific to your concentration. Choose to focus on rhetoric and writing or dive deeper into literary theory and history. Our English majors excel in many fields: law, business, journalism, public relations, acting, education, marketing, and professional writing.

Top Reasons to choose English at florida southern college

Expert Faculty

Our English faculty are scholars and creative writers whose work has appeared in Iowa Review, Boston Review, Florida Historical Quarterly, and Florida Studies.

Get Involved

Cantilevers, the College's literary magazine, and events such as World Poetry Day, provide opportunities for you to share your work and learn to collaborate with others.

Writers Series

Our Visiting Writers Series brings nationally known writers, poets, and scholars to Florida Southern, including National Book Award finalists and writers for The Onion.

Ready For The Workplace

Armed with keen observational and analytical skills, you'll find yourself ready to pursue opportunities in advertising, business and grant writing, journalism and editing, even consulting. English is also a natural pre-professional major for those who plan to study business administration, law, or theology or for those who plan to apply to graduate school in linguistics, literature, or creative writing.

Employment Outlook

$88,468
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Meet our Mocs

Tabitha Lehmann

My favorite thing about both of my majors is how thoughtful and dedicated the professors are, regardless of the field. Throughout my time as an undergraduate, my professors have helped me navigate the process of presenting at conferences, applying for extensive scholarships, and just being available to talk when I needed advice. I have learned so much from them that I could never gather from a textbook.

Sarah Bliss

I love how the English department is its own community. Group advising meetings come with doughnuts, trivia, and lots of joking around between the faculty and English majors and some of my best college memories come from sitting in the Christoverson lobby between classes hanging out with other English majors or talking with professors. The English department is full of passionate, kind, and articulate students, as well as amazing and supportive faculty.

Felicia Coursen

My favorite thing about my major is the department itself. I am so grateful for each of the professors and staff members in the English department. Through their guidance, I have developed my academic voice and grown as a person.

Jordan Reed

I love the smaller size because you really get to know your classmates and professors, making those lasting connections. I also love the emphasis on engaged learning! Being able to analyze texts and have in-depth discussions about them with other English majors is super beneficial and has helped me in so many classes.

Sharpen Your Writing Skills

In ENG 3217 Creative Nonfiction Writing, you'll study a broad genre of nonfiction writing that focuses on usage, structure, style, and rhetorical principles.

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Secondary Education Certification Available for this Major

Secondary education certified teachers enjoy the options and versatility that come with being able to teach students in grades ranging from 6 through 12.

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Featured English Faculty

Peter Schreffler, Ph.D.
- English Department Chair

I am continually reminded that I have been the frequent beneficiary of grace from those in authority over me throughout my adult life, so I feel obligated to pass that on to my students. I am keenly aware that my students often present only a small and distorted piece of themselves in my courses and that they can never be defined as people by how well they have done in my class.

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Graduate Schools

Our English majors attend a wide variety of graduate and professional schools.

columbia university
duke university
emerson university
vermont college of fine arts
university of south florida
west virginia university

Clubs and More

You can be involved in numerous organizations, such as Cantilevers (FSC’s literary magazine), Sigma Tau Delta (the international English honor society), the Mechanicals (the Humanities club), and the Undead Poets’ Society (a student organization for aspiring writers and lovers of literature).

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Program Details

Available in: 

  • BA
  • Minor

First-Years

All freshman applicants to Florida Southern Colleges full-time degree programs must submit the following information:

Transfers

Applying to Florida Southern as a transfer student is easy.

If transferring less than 24 credits, we also need your:

  • Official high school transcript
  • SAT and/or ACT scores

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English Program Contact

Office of Admissions

Admissions Counselors
863.680.4131

Dr. Pete Schreffler

Chair of English
863.680.4343

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