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The B.A. in English with a concentration in English Studies is built upon a broad foundation in the liberal arts, combining the study of literature with the study of language and communication. The curriculum is integrated through sustained attention to linguistics, problem-solving rhetoric, and the interpretation of literature and other texts. Students learn the stages involved in successful writing and speaking, especially the value of revising and editing their work according to criticism obtained through feedback.

Graduates go on to work in advertising, public relations, writing and editing, and other fields. Jobs include writer, editor, teacher, public relations coordinator, and communications specialist. The program is particularly suited for students who plan to go to graduate school, or law school, or to pursue professional careers in a variety of fields. Students in this concentration may be eligible for the pre-law advisory program.

Interested students in this course of study may be eligible for the Early Law School Admission Program.

Contact Information

Anthony Moretti
Department Head
moretti@rmu.edu
412-397-6467
Wheatley Center 215

4-Year Course Plan

Freshman Year, Fall

  • CSEN 1020 Argument & Research
  • CORE Literature elective
  • MATH1050 Math Reasoning w/Applications or STAT2110
  • PSYC1010 General Psychology
  • HUMA1010 Humanities
  • FYSP1000 Freshman Seminar

Freshman Year, Spring

  • CSCM1030 Public Speaking & Persuasion
  • ELIT2000 Study of Literature
  • ENGL2540
  • Literature elective, 1000 level (includes ELIT 1040, ELIT1050, ELIT1060, or ELIT 1070)
  • INFS1020 Fundamentals of Information Systems
  • ECON1010 Survey of Economics

Sophomore Year, Fall

  • CSCM 2040 Prof Comm in the Workplace
  • ENGL3010 Modern English Grammar & Editing
  • ELIT3080 American Lit Before 1865
  • HIST or POLS
  • Literature Elective, 2000 level (includes ELIT 2040, 2055, 2080)

Sophomore Year, Spring

  • CSCM 2050 Intercultural Communication
  • ELIT 2010 Study of the Essay
  • Writing/philosophy elective
  • ELIT3090 American Lit After 1865
  • SOCI1010 Principles of Sociology or SOCI2320 Contemporary American Social Problems

Junior Year, Fall

  • ENGL3110 History of the English Language
  • ELIT3520 Dramatic Art of Shakespeare
  • ELIT3120 British Lit to 1789
  • ELIT 2030, 2055, or 2080
  • Second writing/philosophy elective

Junior Year, Spring

  • ENGL3500 Study of Rhetoric
  • ELIT3130 British Lit 1789-Present
  • Third writing/philosophy elective
  • Open Elective
  • Science Elective

Senior Year, Fall

  • Literature elective, Seminar
  • ENGL4010 Advanced Nonfiction Writing
  • ENGL4903 Cooperative Education/Internship
  • Open Elective
  • Open Elective

Senior Year, Spring

  • Second literature elective, Seminar
  • ELIT4800 Seminar in English Studies
  • Open Elective
  • Open Elective

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Creative Writing
Advanced Nonfiction Writing
Modern English Grammar & Editing
Major Credits
66
English, Philosophy, English Lit
Core Credits
39
Communication Skills, Economics, Humanities, History, Sciences, etc.
Elective Credits
15

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