As a field of inquiry, English Studies is the study of texts, both written and spoken. These texts may originate in English culture or any other world culture. Critical analysis of a text leads to the discovery of important perspectives concerning human life and behavior, and methods for applying those ideas to everyday life can then be devised. Understanding this, English Studies as a field of inquiry is useful for the development of skills in reading and writing, critical thinking, and data analysis. These skills and abilities are highly valued in a wide variety of jobs and career fields.
The English Studies Major: Areas of Concentration
This concentration offers students the chance to take classes dedicated to specific genres of creative writing including poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Students will be introduced to possibilities for publishing and other careers for creative writers. Students will learn about ways to grow as writers through exploring writing in different genres, forms, and modes, as well as practicing giving and receiving feedback on drafts in progress.
This area studies all types of texts related to the film as a medium of communication. Students will learn to critically analyze a film text for its message and meaning, as well as learn to write specific types of texts, including those designed for professional use, such as screenplays. Opportunities for students to develop and produce their own films are also provided.
The concentration covers texts of all types that focus on the history, culture, and literature of the U.S. South, as well as the study of folklore in the South and other regions of the world. Texts studied in this area include all types created by U.S. Southern and folklore authors, including fairy tales and film. Related: Louisiana Folklife Center.
The study of literature is designed to understand the message and meaning of a text. This concentration studies fiction and non-fiction oral texts employed in TV, theatre, and film, as well as novels, short stories, poems, and other written genres designed for reading. Texts can be studied individually or as a group, and also comparatively, using texts from two or more genres, cultures or languages.
This area is designed to prepare students for writing texts suitable for a job, career, or vocation. Professional writing is intended for publication – public or private use – in print/electronic form or in the audio/visual modes of communication. Students in this area can study and practice a wide variety of written and spoken text genres, including creative writing, technical writing for scientific and business fields, and film and television writing.
Undergraduate degrees in the Department of English, Foreign Languages, and Cultural Studies prepare our students for a wide range of careers, as you can see by the achievements of our graduates. In addition to continuing their education in a variety of graduate and professional schools, our alumni have gone on to work in training and communications at multinational corporations, work as editors at major publishing houses, become directors of legal associations, and teach at the college level. Our graduates have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for poetry and won such esteemed awards as the James Beard Foundation Awards for cookbooks.
Catalog Entry for this degree – Updated as of Fall 2018 (applies to student entering Fall 2018 or later)
Catalog Entry for this degree (For Students Registered Prior to Fall 2018)
English Bachelor’s Degree Checklist – Updated as of Spring 2022