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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.

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Students are admitted directly into this program.
Available as a minor.

Program Overview

English majors pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree and choose an emphasis in language and literature or secondary education. The English Department also offers three minors: the English minor, a secondary education teachable minor, and a minor in applied linguistics with two tracks: general and English as a Second Language (ESL).

Why Study English at Grand Valley?

  • English is flexible, allowing students to personalize their degree by choosing from a wide range of appealing electives.
  • The program is diverse, introducing students to a multitude of cultures and perspectives.
  • The curriculum is current, equipping students to succeed in a global economy by strengthening communication, reading, and writing skills as well as intercultural competencies.
  • An English degree is versatile, qualifying students for many careers and graduate programs.
  • The department offers a wealth of enrichment opportunities, including multiple departmental scholarships and contests, faculty-led study abroad programs, an active Honors Society, acclaimed visiting scholars, and an annual celebration of its majors.

Career Insights

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Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at the Grand Valley Allendale Campus.

  • Face To Face


English majors choose from a wealth of courses, tailoring the degree to fit their interests. Examples include:

  • World Mythology
  • Science Fiction
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Literature and the Environment
  • English Grammar and Usage
  • Literature of American Minorities
  • International Literature for Children and Young Adults
  • Sociolinguistics

Combined Degree Programs

Many GVSU undergraduate programs can be combined with an existing master’s degree program to save on tuition and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, you can save $8,500 by pursuing a combined degree and take up to four fewer courses than if earning the degrees separately.

Talk with an advisor about how you can build your combined degree from existing programs to further personalize your education and create your own niche area of expertise.


Hands-on learning and other fieldwork not only deepen your mastery of your discipline but also give you the edge employers seek. Visit our experience matters page to see the work GVSU students are doing in their co-ops and internships.

Admission Requirements

Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.

For More Information

Department of English
235 Lake Huron Hall
(616) 331-3400

Admissions and Recruitment Office


“I have been very impressed with Grand Valley's English Department during my years of study here. There is an excellent selection of challenging and stimulating courses to choose from, but even more than that, the professors are simply outstanding.”