Cumberland University

English Major


Students who pursue a B.A. in English from Cumberland University will study and interpret the great works of literature, from the Greek classics to contemporary works and theories. A degree in English, with an emphasis on communication skills and critical thinking skills, also opens many doors and is in high demand in graduate schools and the marketplace. Career options include middle and high school teaching, graduate school, law, journalism, editing and publishing, library science, human resources, marketing, and advertising.

Internships for English majors are available at publishing houses, newspapers and related businesses. Interested students should speak early to their English faculty advisors.

Students who plan to teach English in the secondary school system must complete a dual major in Secondary Education. This dual-degree option is offered collaboratively by the faculty of the English and Teacher Education programs to ensure that Cumberland graduates interested in teaching in Tennessee’s schools are highly qualified to teach in their subject areas.

The B.A. degree in English consists of a minimum of 120 semester hours:

  • 44-47 hours from the GEC
  • 33 hours of English core requirements
  • 3 hours of English electives
  • 37-40 hours of general electives

For complete course descriptions, please review our undergraduate catalog.

For further information about English at Cumberland, please contact the program director, Dr. Stuart Harris.


Phone: 615.547.1371