Prospective employers in many fields consistently identify an English major as one of the most beneficial degrees for their new hires to hold. Why? Because English majors read widely, engage multiple perspectives, write and speak well, and think critically and deeply. These attributes prepare them for success in any area of endeavor.
Taylor University’s English program offers a wide range of literature classes, focus on critical interpretation, and emphasis on the written word. Combined with a strong teacher-to-student ratio and commitment to faith integration, the English major prepares students for multiple career tracks. You'll experience beautifully written literature, encouragement to develop your own writing voice and style, and countless opportunities for discussion, collaboration, and learning from each other. All while aided by faculty who care deeply for you as a person, and, most importantly, who will inspire you to deepen your relationship with Christ by actively engaging your faith in your study of literature and writing.
As an English major, you'll choose to concentrate in one of three tracks: Creative Writing, Literature, and English Education.
Taylor’s English program offers distinctive opportunities to apply classroom skills and knowledge to real life endeavors. Students can hone their editorial skills through being on the staff of Parnassus, Taylor’s art and literary journal that has just celebrated its 50th year, by contributing to the production of Relief, the national art and faith journal hosted by Taylor, or by being a staff reporter for Taylor’s weekly student newspaper, The Echo.
The English department also hosts a biannual undergraduate conference, Making Literature, which gives students the opportunity to present papers for presentation, moderate paper sessions, and participate in the exciting logistics of hosting a national conference. Similarly, majors can participate in the annual C.S. Lewis and Friends Colloquium, or participate in WORDshop!, a Taylor University writing camp for area youth designed and taught by English education majors, which provides those considering teaching an opportunity to learn how to build a writing community and encourage young writers.
Students can gain internship experience through working with faculty to publish Cheers!, the biannual newsletter of the Flannery O’Connor Society, housed at Taylor, or through specially arranged summer internships with publishing companies or journals. English faculty are especially receptive to working with students in co-producing scholarly work; this has sometimes resulted in published articles and conference presentations for students. Paid job opportunities for majors include being a writing consultant in the Writing Center, a peer-based writing service, or by tutoring for the Academic Enrichment Center.
Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog here.
The Foundational Core is the key to Taylor’s total education. These classes will give you a big-picture view of how your calling connects with God's purpose for your life, engaging with ideas that will demonstrate how God has given you certain talents and skills to bring healing to the world. Each student who completes the Foundational Core emerges as a well-versed individual, equipped with critical thinking skills, a lifelong love of learning, and an appreciation for God's creation.
This study tour, offered during January term, allows students to study the works of major British authors and also to visit the homes and locations that inspired their literature. In the past, authors have included Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkein, Thomas Hardy, Charles Dickens, Samuel Johnson, Shakespeare, and others. Most of the trip is centered in London, with trips to Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh, and other locations enriching the experience.