If you love to read and write, CBU’s English major is for you. You will read and interpret works of fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction as influenced by art, history, and culture. Through practice in interpretation and writing, you will gain a wide range of critical and creative skills.
Degree Type: BA

We see you tucking a novel into your bag wherever you go and scribbling away in a journal with a far-off look in your eye. And we all know who will win the fight about where to put the punctuation marks in your massive group project report. But as you already know, there’s more to majoring in English than earning another spelling bee trophy – a lot more!

DYK that in a recent study conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, strong written communication skills came in as the third most desired quality of all employers, just after leadership skills and the ability to work as a team member. Don’t worry, as an English major you’ll have plenty of time to develop all of those areas to make you a workplace rockstar.

You’ll also be more than ready to enter law school or graduate programs. In fact, our 2018 English grads had multiple acceptance letters in hand with competitive funding offers.

Wherever you want to go, coming to CBU with a love of reading and writing will take you farther than you may even be able to imagine.

Program Highlights

The English major requires 122 credit hours:

  • 22 credits: General Education. Math, English, religious studies, social science or history, natural or physical science
  • 30 credits: Liberal Arts. Foreign language, the humanities and social sciences
  • 9 credits: School of Arts Support Requirement
  • 46 credits: Major Requirements.
  • 15 credits: Major-Specific Electives

The academic catalog lists all course requirements for this program.

View English Course Requirements


  • English — 18 credits in upper level English courses
  • Creative Writing — 18 credits in English and creating writing courses. These courses also contribute to interdisciplinary minors in American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Sustainability Studies, and Peace Studies.
  • Foreign Language — 12 credits in Chinese, French, German, Greek, Latin, Russian, or Spanish

Professional Writing Certificate

CBU offers a professional writing certificate that allows students from majors across the university to combine four courses to add to their credentials as proficient and career-ready communicators. Courses include business communications, advanced composition, creative writing, art, and creative nonfiction.

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