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English, B.A.

The study of literature and language enriches and broadens students' lives while preparing them for careers that demand a high level of skill in reading, thinking, and writing.


Personalize Your Degree

The English program's flexible curriculum allows students to create a personalized plan of study.

2nd Highest Completion Rate in the State

GVSU's English program recorded the second highest degree completion rate in Michigan in 2019.

Versatile Degree

GVSU's English degree is versatile, preparing graduates for a wide variety of careers and graduate study programs.


Source: EMSI, 2021

Program Overview

English majors pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree and choose an emphasis in literature and language or secondary education. The English department also offers three minors: the standard minor, a secondary education teachable minor, and a minor in applied linguistics. The applied linguistics minor offers two tracks: general and English as Second Language (ESL). The ESL track is an elementary and secondary teachable minor that prepares students for ESL endorsement, an add-on credential to a Michigan teaching license.

Why Study English at Grand Valley?


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