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English

Word Power

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

If you command the English language, you command the words and ideas that make things happen. Speeches. News stories. Website content. Novels. Movies. Curriculum. All brought to you by people who understand the power of language. Studying English at Kansas Wesleyan University will prepare you intellectually to understand complex texts, develop strong arguments and communicate elegantly and effectively—skills that are highly valued in the workplace. You will also become familiar with the works of literature that have shaped Western Civilization along with literary voices from other cultures. A degree in English prepares you to become a nimble, adaptable citizen of the world as it also equips you with marketable skills.

Major Options

  • English 
  • English Education (6-12)

Concentration for the English major

  • English with a Writing Emphasis

Minor Options

  • English 

Why study English at KWU? We train you to communicate!

Small classes and individual attention characterize the English programs at KWU. The English Department at KWU will give you opportunities to study and work with faculty one-on-one.

  • Learn in small, seminar-style classes, in which you’ll learn and discuss works of writing in depth.
  • Participate in an independent study, working one-on-one with a KWU faculty member on a research or writing project of your choosing.
  • Enhance your leadership and editorial abilities on the editorial board of The Catalpa, KWU’s literary magazine.
  • Develop your fiction and poetry through the KWU Writers Guild.

What can I do with an English degree from Kansas Wesleyan University? Go anywhere!

English majors are able to develop strong verbal, analytical, and critical thinking skills. The study of literature demands attention to nuance and the ability to communicate effectively, and writers must be inventive, imaginative, and flexible. These are all attributes that will enable you to be successful professionals and productive citizens. Because of the intellectual discipline required of English majors, an English degree is one of the most translatable bachelor’s degrees. English majors may have the opportunity to attend graduate school for advanced English studies, pursue law school and graduate business school or study library science and other fields. English majors can follow a career path toward becoming teachers, writers, editors, marketing professionals, journalists, broadcasters, public relations specialists, managers and administrators, insurance salesman, realtor, business executives, government workers, web content providers and more. 

For more information, contact Dr. Damon Kraft, chair of the Department of English, or call (785) 833-4371.