The English Studies major is based on a broad model of interdisciplinary study in the fields that make up English Studies. The Department of English offers a full curriculum of courses in eight disciplines, including literature and cultural studies, children's literature, linguistics, rhetoric and composition, technical communications, creative writing, the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and Publishing.
Students learn how to write well, read critically, develop investigative research skills, working hands-on in digital environments and social networking, and frequently win some of the most prestigious awards at Illinois State, such as the Bone Scholarship. Faculty are eager to work with undergraduate students on research projects, and our low student-to-faculty ratio means you will receive guidance from professors who hold the highest doctoral degrees and are internationally recognized as experts in their fields.
This flexibility in the degree allows both the student with interests in a variety of different fields in English Studies and the student who wants to specialize in a particular discipline to meet their goals.
Point of Pride
Each year Illinois State hosts the English Studies at Large conference, giving students the opportunity to present critical work and engage students from other universities.
Why study English?
Students studying English form, evaluate and master the language. They critique and create art forms such as poetry, drama and the novel.
Our career placement is excellent, and our alumni have also been very competitive as they have applied, and been accepted to, graduate programs in a number of fields, including those that further education in our disciplines as well as library and information science, education, law, criminal justice, and even business entrepreneurship and STEM professions. Graduates also teach English abroad, join philanthropic organizations working across the globe, and continue to use their writing and language skills to make the world a better place.
As confirmed by recent articles in Business Insider, Forbes, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and CNN Money, English majors have always been, and will always be, a "hot" hire.
Applying to Illinois State
Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!