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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English Overview

The English program at SMWC will teach you to communicate creatively and effectively in your career. The English program requires each student to complete an internship. This internship opportunity allows students to step outside their comfort zone and gain hands-on, real-world experiences. Our degree programs provide the flexibility to lead you to the career of your dreams. With your professional advisors helping you along the way, you can mix and match majors and minors to get the perfect degree tailored to you and your career aspirations. Plus, you’ll graduate with a strong foundation in liberal arts.

With a curriculum total of 43 credit hours, you will study the history of literature and its impact on cultures worldwide. Additionally, you’ll learn public relations and creative writing skills to give you realistic understandings to take with you beyond the classroom. You can publish your works in SMWC’s literary magazine, Aurora, as well as have opportunities for intellectual exploration and in-depth interactions with your professors. You could even tack on our literature or writing minors to help deepen your creativity and communication skills.


Why get a degree in English?
By earning your English degree from SMWC, you will learn from unique perspectives and gain creative insights that you can take into the world. Our English program will allow you to dive into literacy with critical thinking skills and creativity. Earning your degree from SMWC will provide you with unique points of view and a firm foundation in liberal arts.

What can you do with an English degree?
English is more complex than many think. From history to philosophy and beyond, English degrees can give you opportunities to pursue a career in politics, nonprofits, publishing houses and more. You can make your mark in English degree jobs such as:

  • Government
  • Publishing
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing
  • Higher Education
  • Communications
  • Advertising
  • Grant Writing

Check out our blog: 7 careers you can have with a degree in english

What is the average annual salary of someone with a degree in English?
Although positions can vary based on your field, according to the U. S. Department of Labor, the average annual salary for someone with an English degree is $53,490.

What support and resources are provided at SMWC?
The Learning Resource Center (LRC) provides exceptional, personalized learning resource services to encourage student success. The LRC offers help with a range of academic support services, including a writing center, tutoring, college success courses and more.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is routinely ranked by US News and World Report among the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest and the Best Value Schools. Our departments are also routinely ranked for their individual degree programs.
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