School of Writing, Languages & Cultures

Areas of Study

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  • Why English?

    The questions 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, education or English Studies. 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 studying English 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.

Undergraduate Programs

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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 Studies

    If you love reading and studying literature, then the English Studies major is for you. English Studies 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 English Writing major emphasizes experiences in a variety of writing contexts including journalism, professional writing, academic writing, literary writing, editing, publishing and personal creativity.


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    Publishing & Editing Minor

    Millikin University’s Publishing & Editing Minor prepares students for careers in the publishing industry and gives them the experience needed for graduate studies in creative writing, digital media, journalism, and publishing.
  • Spanish Minor

    Spanish Minor

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

    With the writing minor, students with a love of writing or an interest in honing their writing abilities to support their future career goals can take relevant coursework alongside their major(s).