b.a./b.s in english
use your skills with language to write a vibrant future!
no matter what form your passion for words takes, frostburg state university’s undergraduate program in english can help you make the most of effective and thoughtful communication. fsu’s english department brings you a variety of writing and literature classes, from postmodern texts to shakespeare on film, with something for everyone. you’ll find dedicated teachers and creative peers who often become lifelong mentors and friends. become a part of the literary and writing communities in and around frostburg and explore the many ways you could make english into a fulfilling career!
- take your pick of fsu’s four concentrations in literature, creative writing, professional writing and teaching secondary english, or boost your degree with an emphasis in professional writing or the teaching of writing.
- pursue your passion by gaining widely applicable and desirable skills that will get you started in a career you’ll love.
english major highlights:
- develop critical thinking and research skills that you’ll be able to use again and again in both your professional and personal endeavors.
- engage with your peers in workshop-style fiction and poetry classes, which allow you to contribute to your classmates’ work while receiving critiques and advice to improve your own.
- create dynamic brochures, videos, and multi-media work to prepare you for a job in professional writing.
- read the classics as well as often marginalized voices in literature classes.
- polish your work for a final portfolio in the english program’s capstone course, which focuses on revising and improving works you’ve already written to make them the best they can be.
- enjoy a variety of activities organized by the english department and community every semester, including bake sales, story and poetry slams, the banned books reading, dr. seuss celebration and a shakespearean production by cambridge american stage tour.
- meet your fellow writing and literature enthusiasts in the 3am society student writers’ club and sigma tau delta honor society.
- publish your best creative works in bittersweet, fsu’s student literary magazine, or backbone mountain review, a regional journal partnered with fsu’s center for literary arts.
about our english faculty:
learn from faculty who are also active professionals, creating poetry, publishing fiction and scholarly articles, and editing and co-authoring books.
experience the benefits of a small classroom environment. your teachers will know you by name and can connect you to resources and professionals who will help you achieve your goals.
sample english courses you may take:
form and theory of fiction and poetry – in-depth study of the techniques and methods employed by major writers of fiction and poetry, including consideration of structure, language, form, voice, theme, point of view and character.
socially networked journalism – gathering, writing and disseminating news via current social-networking platforms such as blogger, facebook, flickr and twitter. introduction to online beat coverage. logistical and ethical challenges of the 24-hour news cycle.
shakespeare on film – a critical examination of shakespeare’s plays on film, considering the films as interpretations and adaptations. the emphasis will be both literary – how do the films interpret and revise shakespeare’s drama – and cultural – what do these films reveal about the culture that produced them.
applied digital writing – introduction to writing within various digital genres of the internet and other multimedia systems; use of multimedia tools in conjunction with writing; analysis of existing media online.
find out more about frostburg state university’s english program requirements (pdf).
career outlook for writing professionals:
as technology advances, the need for skilled human communicators is greater than ever before. english graduates can find fulfilling work almost anywhere they look, developing web content or creating fiction, poetry, essays, speeches, press releases, publications and more. many english graduates use their research and argument-building skills to excel in law school, and the internet offers endless freelance writing opportunities. check out more career possibilities for english majors on the bureau of labor statistics’ page on communication occupations (u.s. government occupational outlook handbook).