English BA Degree
Delve Into Language and Literature for Myriad Career Paths
The bachelor’s degree in English from The University of Texas at Tyler is a unique, interdisciplinary program that prepares students for a variety of career paths including entering business or law school, pursuing academic research, becoming an editor, high school English teacher and more. When you graduate, you will possess strong critical reading, thinking and writing skills that will enhance your success in any professional field.
- Study in small classes that average about 25 students, ensuring interaction and attention not typically available in classes with hundreds of students at other state universities.
- Enhance your English major with additional courses in education that will prepare you to teach English in elementary schools or high schools.
Graduates of the UT Tyler bachelor of arts in English program go on to such diverse employment opportunities as: Brookshire Grocery Human Resources Department; Japanese Assistant Teacher Program; grant-funding agent; and teaching in school districts throughout Texas and beyond.
Other graduates have pursued master’s degrees in English at UT Tyler and other institutions or entered law school.
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Bachelor’s in English. Explore Literature, Creative Writing and Language.
- Participate in the iPad-Assisted Core Curriculum (iPACC). UT Tyler is the first university in Texas to require the iPad in the core curriculum. The iPACC will connect instructors and students inside and outside the classroom to enhance student reading and writing. The iPad also gives students free access to 200,000 literary books and discounts of up to 60% on the cost of electronic textbooks.
- Expand your language literacy: UT Tyler is the only university in Texas where you can take foreign languages, such as Chinese, Japanese, Latin and Spanish to fulfill foreign language requirements for the English degree and, at same time, for minors in Asian studies, classical studies and Spanish.
- Join the China Immersion international study experience for 3 weeks at East China Normal University in Shanghai, where you will study and explore, while earning 6 academic credit hours.
English Faculty: Award-Winning. Student-Focused.
- Study with professors recognized for their academic excellence through such awards as Outstanding Faculty Award from UT Tyler; Theresa J. Enos 25th Anniversary Award for best article in Rhetoric Review; Honors Society for International Scholars; and Honorary Professor at East China Normal University.
- Learn from professors who are published authors of such books as Key to a Cold City: How the Generation of Black Ballplayers After Jackie Robinson was Restrained in the Big Leagues; The Christmas Day Murders; Once Iron Girls: Essays on Gender by Post-Mao Chinese Literary Women; and an editor of a national literary magazine.
- Gain a fresh perspective on literature and writing from professors who are frequent presenters at such national and international gatherings as the Conference on College Composition and Communication and Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts Annual Conference.
English Courses: Stimulating. Global.
Creative Writing - Undertake studies in composing and evaluating creative writing. Designed to give students an opportunity to write under supervision, to learn techniques of expression and to develop creative writing craftsmanship.
Studies in World Literature – Complete a detailed study of selected themes, literary types and authors in world literature. Content varies from year to year.
Classical Literature in Translation – Make an intensive study of the literature of the Greeks and Romans in translation. The course includes the study of a variety of ancient authors and genres (i.e., drama, epic and lyric poetry, historiography, satire, Greco-Roman mythology).
More about UT Tyler’s English program of studyAlso see The University of Texas at Tyler master’s degree in English
Career Outlook for Writers and Editors
A degree in English can be a gateway to many different careers, including positions of writer or editor. Employment of writers and editors is expected to grow by 8% through 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Companies and industries will need writers to create content for online media to reach technology-savvy consumers. Other opportunities are available in public relations, nonprofit organizations and publishing companies. For more, go to Occupational Outlook Handbook - Writers and Authors.