The Humanities Department offers an English major with three concentrations:

  • Creative writing
  • Literature
  • Certification to teach English at the middle or secondary level

The department also offers a minor in English.

What You Will Study

To get an idea of what to expect, the following are core classes for an English major:

  • Introduction to Writing and Research | This introductory course prepares students for writing at the college level as well as Baker's English program. Students learn how to read and think critically about a variety of texts and film, research and gather sources, write literary essays, and present information to an audience.
  • American literature surveys | These courses trace America's history through the lens of literature. Historical documents are read alongside popular fiction of the time period. Sample movements include puritan writing, slave narratives, American Modernism, and Beat poetry.
  • Advanced Composition: The Exploratory Essay | Students read and create essays centered on personal experiences. The course helps students improve their abilities in nonresearch writing. Topics for essays include family dynamics, the nature of working, and the effect of role models.

Preparation for a Career

The English program emphasizes writing and communication skills that can be applied to a variety of careers:

  • Government
  • Law
  • Education
  • Publishing
  • Teaching
  • Librarianship
  • Entertainment
  • Research
  • Business

Students interested in the study of English may also look into the following disciplines offered at Baker University's Baldwin City campus:

Middle-Level & English Education (6-12) | History | Mass Media | Communication Studies | German | French | Spanish