Literature Concentration, English Studies, BA/BS

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English Studies
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In Short

As you read, analyze, discuss, and write about fiction, poetry, essays, and memoirs, you'll become a critical thinker with sharpened writing and verbal skills.

Program Overview

The English program offers students knowledge of the broad field of literature in English, in-depth knowledge of its diverse aspects, the reading, writing, and research tools for exploring the field and its boundaries, and ample opportunity for hands-on experience in related fields. Because the abilities and knowledge gained as an English major have such broad applications, career choices after graduation are almost unlimited. English majors at Fitchburg State University have continued their studies in graduate programs in literature, education, creative writing, library science, and counseling, and several have been accepted to law school programs.

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Experiential Opportunities


Internships are a great opportunity to get valuable, real-world experiences before entering a competitive job market.
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Study Abroad

Faculty-led study abroad course opportunities increase student life-transforming experiences, as do student/faculty cooperative research projects.
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Student Publications

Whether you're looking to write fiction for our literary journal, contribute to the student newspaper, or develop lifestyle content for one of our other publications, there's so many ways to get involved.
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Curriculum and Other Information

The English Studies program provides students: a) knowledge of the variety of literary and cultural texts in English; b) in-depth understanding of diverse cultural, literary, rhetorical, and pedagogical traditions; c) skills in reading, writing, speaking, critical thinking, and research; and d) ample opportunity for hands-on experience in literary analysis, professional and creative writing, teaching, and scholarship to prepare students for personal and professional success.

English Studies trains students to become empathetic, innovative, and critical thinkers, readers, writers, creators, and teachers.

English Studies Department Shared Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be able to read and understand texts across genres, cultures, and periods. Students will be able to write in various forms.
  • Students will be able to critically analyze texts and contexts.
  • Students will be able to communicate their perspectives and ideas.
  • Students will be able to apply their skills in distinct settings.


Literature Concentration Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be able to closely read and interpret diverse texts.
  • Students will be able to exchange critical viewpoints about literary and cultural topics.
  • Students will be able to produce scholarly work that include critical readings and the use and citation of scholarly sources.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge about the scope, genres, and historical and critical contexts of literature.