The English major explores literature from many cultures, practices creative writing, and explores a variety of genres and forms.
Students study literature in pursuit of vocations in writing, editing, grant production, and the arts, as well as positions in education, business, government, and social services. This degree is also excellent preparation for graduate and law school.
Clubs & Organizations – English Degree Program
Helsinki Slang (Creative Writing Group)
Helsinki Slang is the official literary magazine of Finlandia University located in Hancock, MI.
Scholarships – Bachelor’s Degree in English
Study Abroad Opportunities – English Programs
Finlandia believes it is important for the student to be exposed to the world. By fostering exchange relations with foreign learning institutions we are able to bring experts from around the world to teach on campus and offer students the opportunity to attend college overseas while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in English.
Additional Links and Forms – English Degree
What you will learn
What can I do with a bachelor's in English?
Graduates will be able to:
- Identify and classify significant works of literature and explain their importance.
- Produce original, sophisticated, clear, and revised judgments on a range of literary texts and topics.
- Characterize and assess the reception of various texts in both their own period and the present. Relate the texts and their reception to relevant issues and themes.
- Formulate and use a coherent plan of course study, including major courses, minor courses, electives, activities, internships, and capstones.
- Construct and argue positions related to a range of topics in literature.
Sample Courses (CORE)
- Creative Writing
Introduction to the writing of fiction, poetry, and the literary essay. Includes a variety of readings to support student writing. Available fall semesters. Prerequisite: ENG 104 or instructor permission.
- Monstrous Literature
Examine depictions of monstrosity in both classical and contemporary literature and consider what such "monstrous literature" can tell us about how we see the world and ourselves. Readings may include "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," "The Call of Cthulu," "I am Legend," "Grendel," and "No Country for Old Men." Fall semester, even years. Prerequisite: ENG 103 or instructor permission.
- Film as Art
Evaluates films of different genres and introduces film history and the terminology of film criticism. Available spring semester, even years. Prerequisite: ENG 104 or instructor permission.
- Literature and Politics
The intersection of literature and politics and their dynamic historical frameworks will be considered. Students will reflect on questions raised by various literary masterpieces and how literature can explore fundamental questions of human and political life. Various authors and cultural commentators will be examined. Available fall semester, odd years.