This degree is very flexible – the skills you learn can be applied to many different industries.
Professional writing combines courses to help you develop the ability to write in several types of professional environments.
Flexible curriculum choices, including the opportunity to double major.
You will have access to internships with local newspapers and magazines.
You have the opportunity to be a lifetime member of Sigma Tau Delta, a national recognized English Honorary Society.
The English major is designed to provide critical thinking, reading, writing and research skills essential for careers in law, media, education, business and medicine. You’ll gain the tools to analyze texts within their historical, cultural and critical contexts, as well as to communicate effectively in writing to a variety of audiences for different goals. You will develop the ability to write well, organize ideas, create strong arguments, develop their creativity and research skills, and more.
The English literature concentration provides an overview of the major cultural trends in British, American, and World literature.
The Professional Writing concentration is designed to focus on writing in the professional world, and includes courses in journalism, public relations and creative writing.
One course each in the British, American, and World literature clusters, plus 3 credit hours of the student's choosing in one of the clusters:
Credit / Course / Title
12 Total credits
Literature Electives (choose 15 credit hours from the below table)
18 Total credits
Writing and Language
Writing and Language electives (choose 3 credit hours)
6 Total credits
39 Total credits for the Major
This concentration is designed to help students who want to focus on writing in the professional world. The curriculum draws from English, Public Relations, and Communications classes in order to give students a background in writing in several key professional areas. Because students will graduate with a BA in English, we believe that having a broad background in literature is also necessary and will help students hone their reading, writing, and research skills.
24 Total credits
16 Total credits
*Students are encouraged to select their three 300-level ENGL classes from the following, because of their unique concentration on writing and language:
40 Total credit hours for Professional Writing concentration in English
Students are strongly encouraged to pursue an internship during their junior or senior year.
Students are also encouraged to pursue courses in Business and Marketing, depending on their career interests. For example, students may wish to take MRKT 401: Advertising (Principles of Advertising). Please note that MRKT 401 has prerequisites of BUSI 150 and MRKT 321.
The Regional Studies in Appalachia minor provides students an opportunity to study local culture in a concerted, interdisciplinary way, with courses spanning from English to Social Sciences to Business. The minor could make a student in any major more attractive to a prospective employer after graduation. Contact Professor Dunlap about declaring the minor.
Choose six out of the seven following courses:
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Students must gain general admission to the University of Charleston. A visit to campus to meet with Admissions personnel and program faculty is strongly encouraged.
View our Tuition & Fees page for detailed information.
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Find out more about this program by downloading our Fact Sheet – a brief view of what our program is all about.
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Learn more about the course, curriculum, and graduation requirements.
Sigma Tau Delta is a nationally recognized English Honorary Society. Membership allows students access to national scholarships and publishing opportunities. UC's campus chapter is a vibrant organization, sponsoring book drives, poetry readings, literary theme based student activities, and group outings at local theater productions.
Program Coordinator of EnglishAssistant Professor of English304-357-4733 firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Professor of Social SciencesRegional Studies in Appalachia304-357-4766 email@example.com