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Major in English

By cultivating and nurturing a set of marketable skills that range from critical thinking, problem solving, research, writing, editing and oral communication, students who major in English graduate with an innate ability to create and articulate in a clear and concise manner.

Positioned to enter a variety of professional fields, teaching programs or graduate school, one of an English major's greatest strengths, the ability to write in concise and engaging ways, is often cited as the single most sought after attribute in the professional marketplace.

An English major is a gateway to challenging careers in business, publishing, law, education, and many other dynamic fields. English majors at Elmhurst choose an emphasis in literature, or writing, or prepare to teach English in secondary school.

The English major consists of a minimum of 10 courses chosen from the 200, 300, and 400-levels. All majors complete:

  • ENG 220 Principles of Literary Study
  • At least one writing course above the 106-level
  • "Core" courses in the student's chosen emphasis
  • A 400-level capstone course 
  • An appropriate number of 400-level courses as determined by the emphasis selected

No more than one literature course at the 200-level in addition to English 220 may count toward the major.

Literature Emphasis
Writing Emphasis
Certification to Teach English

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