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JMU Major: English

Description of the Major | Degrees Offered | Concentrations | Minors |
Declaring the Major | Progressing in the Major

Description of the Major

The major is a part of the Department of English, a program within the College of Arts and Letters.

The English major is designed to serve as basic preparation for many professions in which skillful use of language is important, for example, law, publishing, free lance writing, creative writing, journalism, public relations, broadcasting, government, advertising and business; to prepare students to enter graduate study; or to prepare students for the teaching profession.

The study of English offers all students, whatever their professional and vocational interests, the development of critical thinking skills through the study of American, British and world literatures. Students may choose a variety of courses covering contemporary and early literature, as well as period, genre and linguistics courses.

Degrees Offered

B.A.

Concentrations

British or American Literatures

World Literature

Creative Writing

Minors

American Studies

Creative Writing

Film Studies

Declaring the Major

New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Students should declare the English major when they register for orientation.

Currently Enrolled Major Changers
Students should submit a "Change or Declaration of Major" form to the English department head in Keezell Hall, room 215.

Progressing in the Major

Remain in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.