Undergraduate Studies

Program Overview

The department of English Studies offers program concentrations in Literature, Secondary Education, and Professional Writing. The English Studies major provides a solid foundation for a number of careers that value critical thinking, writing, and creativity, and that promote the articulate, well-read person. Courses in literature, writing, and speech enable students to develop writing and public speaking skills, and to cultivate powers of perception and analysis, critical thinking, judgment, and creativity.

The Professional Writing concentration includes courses journalism, creative writing, and professional writing. Students explore a range of genres and media while writing for a number of situations. Some of our courses include College Newspaper Production, Online Activism, Fiction Writing, Experimental Writing, Science Writing, and Writing for Business and Technology.

For the Secondary Education concentration, accredited by CAEP/NCATE, classes in literary content are supplemented by courses in educational theory and practice in the classroom, forming the backbone of a concentration that produces certified and licensed high school teachers of English.

Core courses in British, American and World literatures form the basis for the literature program, where students have the opportunity to study literature in its historical and cultural context, engaging with issues that include: canonicity, genre and culture studies, translation, authorship, race, gender, ethnicity, and postcolonial perspectives.

The department has also created a useful student guide with information on campus opportunities, general advice, information on applying for jobs and graduate schools, and concentration specific advice.

Career Opportunities

The abilities and knowledge gained as an English Studies major have such broad applications that career choices after graduation are almost unlimited. English Studies majors from Fitchburg State University have continued their studies in graduate programs in literature, education, creative writing, library science, counseling, law, and government. While our Secondary Education concentrators frequently find placement in area high schools, others have taught worldwide as far as Korea, China, Japan, and Australia. Our graduates in Literature and Professional Writing have found careers in a wide variety of fields that include teaching, writing, publishing, editing, reporting, law, administration (profit and non-profit), public relations, web and social media content creation, library and archival science, entertainment, business, and arts development.

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