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School of Writing, Languages, and Cultures

Why English?

The question isn’t: “What can I do with an English degree?” Rather, it’s: “What can’t I do with an English degree?”

Students who major in English can focus on writing, literature, or English education. But a degree in English from Millikin University is much broader than that—students across all three majors undertake an educational journey through great works of the past; explore intriguing writings of the present; and gain the preparation they need to write, edit, publish, or teach in the future. 

And when they graduate?

Our English majors go on to be poets and authors, newspaper and magazine journalists, editors, publishers, teachers, professors, lawyers, technical communicators, copywriters, corporate analysts, human resource managers, librarians, grant writers, program managers. You name it.

What prepares them for such diverse careers?

It’s their time in the English department at Millikin—in particular, the blend of theory and performance learning our coursework is known for, the many opportunities students have to get published from their first semester on campus, and myriad other ways students get involved during their time at Millikin.

Contact us today to learn more about becoming an English major or minor at Millikin University.

  • ProspectiveStudents

    Reading and writing are the two most basic principles of learning. No matter your career field, mastering these skills will set you apart from the competition and prepare you for future success. Get involved in our wide range of internships, publishing opportunities and student-run businesses.

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  • Programs of Study

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      English Education

      Chances are that you were inspired by some favorite teachers during your life. Let us help you follow in their footsteps. Students at Millikin can earn a BA Degree in English Education to become certified in teaching the English language arts in the state of Illinois.
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      English Literature

      If you love reading and studying literature, then the Literature major is for you. Literature majors take courses in the literary tradition which examine the role of literature in society as a force shaping our values and identities over time.
    • English Writing

      English Writing

      Millikin's writing major emphasizes experiences in a variety of writing contexts including journalism, professional writing, academic writing, literary writing, editing, publishing, and personal creativity.
    • Spanish Minor

      Spanish Minor

      A foreign language minor will broaden your job prospects and help you develop a more well-rounded education.