The English major explores literature from many cultures, practices creative writing, and explores a variety of genres and forms.
The English major studies literature from a range of periods and cultures in a variety of genres and forms, and also practices both creative and analytic writing. Students develop sophisticated critical reading, writing and speaking skills, cross-cultural fluency, and a firm grounding in the humanistic traditions of moral, intellectual and artistic work. English majors will be trained to seek employment in writing, editing, print and digital publishing, as well as education, business, politics and social services. The English major is also excellent preparation for graduate school in the humanities or 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
Graduates will be able to:
- Identify, summarize and classify significant works of literature and explain their importance within a global framework. (Global Perspective)
- Produce original, sophisticated, clear and revised judgments on a range of literary texts and topics. (Analytic and Critical Thinking, Communication)
- Summarize and analyze the reception of various texts in both their own period and the present. Relate the texts and their reception to relevant issues and themes. (Personal Perspective, Global Perspective, Analytic and Critical Thinking)
- Formulate and use interdisciplinary approaches to synthesize and produce sophisticated and novel arguments with scholarly potential. (Creative Insight)
- Construct and argue positions related to a range of topics in literature. Demonstrate ability to articulate the value of both the positions themselves AND the process of knowledge production and dissemination in the field of literature and writing. (Communication, Analytic and Critical Thinking)
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.
- Cultures in Conflict
Designed to give a deeper and broader understanding of major conflicts around the globe, analyzing their effects on human societies and the environment through various works of fiction. Focuses on literary works written by under-represented writers, exploring territories as diverse as a war-torn neighborhood of Afghanistan, a rural village in Africa, or an Indian community in Calcutta. Texts may include historical analyses, criticism, fiction, poetry, literary journalism, and drama. Spring semester, odd years.
- African American Literature
Examines the rich contributions made to American literature by African American writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The historical and ongoing struggle for freedom, equality and justice in America will be a major course theme.
- Native Voices
Uses history as the touchstone for further readings in novels, short fiction, poetry, film, and other visual storytelling by Native American artists. Emphasis will be on the 20th and 21st centuries and include diverse array of indigenous voices and media through which Native artists tell their own stories and histories and intervene in popular culture, American myth and present social realities.
- Literature and Gender
Examines descriptions, constructions, and interrogations of gender and related issues in canonical literary works from the Classical age to the contemporary period.