The University offers a bachelor of arts (B.A.) and a bachelor of science (B.S.) in English.
This degree program prepares students for a variety of careers in professional writing, editing,
business, and government—and is excellent preparation for advanced study in English, the humanities, and law.
Coursework includes study in a wide range of literature, from international classics to contemporary multicultural American texts.
Special features of the program include the development of enhanced writing and critical thinking skills.
Areas of study include
An optional minor is offered in creative writing. Students considering graduate work in English should take
substantial work in at least one foreign language. French, German, Latin, or Spanish are recommended.
In addition to coursework, students may participate in the Department of English's internship program, which provides valuable
pre-professional experience and job placement opportunities. Other opportunities include the University's Honors Program
and study abroad programs—which range from summer programs to a single semester or a full academic year in over 56 countries.
Students benefit from small classes taught by award-winning faculty who have a diversity of specialties including
British and American literature, rhetoric, and creative writing. Most hold doctoral
degrees, and many edit journals, publish books and articles, conduct research, and speak at national
and international meetings within their specializations.
The Department of English sponsors a variety of activities including the Joseph S. Schick Lecture Series,
a showcase of distinguished scholars from around the world who present formal lectures on British or
American literature and language.
Other opportunities include the Arion Creative Writing Club and Sigma Tau Delta (an international honor society), as well as
literary readings and public exhibitions of professional and student writing.
In addition, published writers of poetry and fiction give readings, conduct workshops, and visit informally with students.
Prior speakers on the Indiana State University campus include poet laureates Robert Pinsky and Donald Hall, international
best-selling authors such as Amy Tan and Sister Helen Prejean, and Pulitzer Prize winners such as Stacy Schiff, W. D. Snodgrass,
and Paul Muldoon.
Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.
In addition, the Department of English offers several scholarships and awards for new and
outstanding English majors. For information on these awards, contact the Department.
The Catalog of Indiana State University is the document of
authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any
academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the
requirements at any time.