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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 its 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, and 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.
Beginning in the fall semester of 2010, 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 School of Liberal Arts & Sciences (SLAS) and the School of Education and Public Service to ensure that Cumberland graduates interested in teaching in Tennessee’s schools are highly qualified to teach in their subject areas.
The Secondary Education dual major option is 36 semester hours, including student teaching, and may only be taken as a dual major. The dual major option can be completed along with the B.A. in English in 120 semester hours. A dual major limits the number of general electives a student may take, so it is important that students interested in this option see an advisor early in their programs of study. Click here for more information.
The B.A. degree in English consists of a minimum of 120 semester hours:
- 44-47 hours from the GEC
- 34 hours of English core requirements
- 3 hours of English electives
- 38-39 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.