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.
English majors pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree and choose an emphasis in literature and language, elementary education, 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?
- 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, languages, and perspectives.
- The curriculum is current, equipping students to succeed in a global economy by strengthening communication, reading, and writing skills.
- 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 studies abroad, acclaimed visiting scholars, and an annual celebration of its majors.