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 or secondary education. The English department also offers three minors: the standard minor, a secondary education teachable minor, and a minor in applied linguistics with two tracks: general and English as a 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 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 study abroad programs, acclaimed visiting scholars, and an annual celebration of its majors.
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Location & Format
Undergraduate students in this major study at the Grand Valley Allendale
- 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
- Literature of American Minorities
- International Literature for Children and Young Adults
Combined Degree Programs
This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.
You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.
REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCEHands-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.
Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.
For More InformationDepartment of English
235 Lake Huron Hall
“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.”