The English major offers concentrations in creative writing, literature and language, and secondary education teacher licensure. This program permits students to study literature in a systematic, comprehensive manner to combine the study of literature with creative writing or to become licensed middle or high school English teachers in Massachusetts. All English majors take courses that provide them with essential knowledge of literary history, terms, and genres. Students concentrating in literature and language then follow a program in which they receive a strong foundation in American, British,
and world literature, as well as contemporary critical approaches to literary analysis. Students concentrating in creative writing develop their own voices through focused writing courses while taking courses in literature to discover how their own writing fits into or departs from literary traditions. Students in the teacher licensure concentration take a range of education courses in addition to required English
Through their courses, English majors develop critical thinking, writing, and communication skills necessary for success in any career. They apply these skills in a wide range of exciting internship settings such as publishing houses, colleges and universities, newspapers, libraries, museums, law firms, and corporations. Many English majors participate in the student-run Endicott Review and Spoken Bird, the literary arts club. Experiences in and beyond the classroom lead to careers and graduate studies in creative writing, education, business, law, communications, and journalism, among others.
Examples of internships include:
The Beverly Citizen
North Shore Music Theater
Random House, Inc.
Anchorage North, Group Home for Girls
WXRV The River 92.5 FM
Massachusetts Audubon North Shore Advocacy
Beverly High School
The Boston Celtics
Upon completion of the English program, students will:
- Write expository essays that are polished and that advance coherent, well-reasoned arguments.
- Use literary theories, terms, and approaches, and properly cite textual evidence, when analyzing literary texts.
- Demonstrate foundational knowledge of American, British, and World Literatures.
- Produce a substantial work of scholarship using primary and secondary sources.
- Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analytical skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse within the discipline.
- Make connections between their major and professional opportunities through internships.