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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.
  • 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. Melissa Rohrer, Assistant Professor of English, Chair of the Department of English, or call (785) 833-4365. 

Mission Statement:

The mission of the English Department at Kansas Wesleyan University is to develop in all students good writing, critical reading, knowledge of language and literature, and cultural understanding. Students will acquire these abilities by engaging in the vibrancy and real-world applications of English studies, which will include studying timely texts and topics, writing purposefully for multiple audiences using current mediums, and completing successfully a local internship.

The department offers majors in English, English with a Writing Emphasis, and English Education, as well as a minor in English. Most courses which apply to the English major are taught in alternate years. A Bachelor of Arts degree may be obtained for those students completing the requirements for the English, English with Writing Emphasis, and English Education majors.

Program Goals:

Students who complete the Bachelor of Arts in English will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of American and English Literary History
  • Write clearly, effectively and grammatically with attention to audience and purpose while utilizing technology effectively
  • Compose original writing with attention to relevant cultural and historical materials and/or elements of the writer's craft
  • Use and evaluate outside sources effectively
  • Utilize their skills effectively to complete a successful internship