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The Rosa DealSchool of Arts

Areas of Study

The following academic programs are available through the Department of Literature & Languages. For specific Program Paradigms, please consult the Academic Catalog.  

  • The English Major centers around the reading and interpretation of texts (fiction, poetry, drama, nonfiction) and the contexts (artistic, historical, cultural) from which those texts emerge. The study of English involves both the close reading of the text and a broader critical and theoretical exploration of issues. This degree program culminates with a senior capstone project. English majors gain a range of critical and creative skills through practice in interpretation and writing.
  • Majoring in Creative Writing provides you an opportunity to learn and practice the craft of writing in different methods, styles, and genres. Our skilled and published faculty offer beginning and advanced courses in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting. Creative writing students create a senior thesis project, which should include material of high enough quality for submission for competition and publication.
  • Our English for Corporate Communication (ECC) Major aims to prepare students for careers in professional writing. In addition to attending law school and graduate school, ECC graduates find a range of opportunities in marketing, advertising, nonprofit management, and corporate environments. Students study rhetorical history and theory, professional communications, digital composition, and literature courses to be well-prepared as critical thinkers and creative problem solvers. A capstone internship pairs students with a company or organization for valuable professional experience.
  • The English Education Major, offered in partnership with CBU’s Department of Education, prepares students for licensure to teach middle school and high school English.
  • Minors in Spanish and French allow students to study both the language and then the cultures and literature of Spain and Latin America or France, respectively.
  • Minors in English and Creative Writing pair well with a variety of majors, offering students a strong background in critical interpretation and writing. Our courses also contribute to interdisciplinary minors in American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Sustainability Studies, and Peace Studies.

Our Professional Writing Certificate allows students from majors across the university to combine four courses to add to their credentials as proficient and career-ready communicators.

AREA OF STUDY Major   Minor  Concentration
American Studies    
Creative Writing  
English for Corporate Communication    
English for Teaching Licensure    
Foreign Language (Chinese, French, German, Greek, Latin, Russian, Spanish)    
Professional Writing Certificate