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English (B.A., B.S.)

Indiana State University


The University offers a bachelor of arts (B.A.) and a bachelor of science (B.S.) in English.

This degree program prepares students for a variety of careers in professional writing, editing, business, and government—and is excellent preparation for advanced study in English, the humanities, and law.

Coursework includes study in a wide range of literature, from international classics to contemporary multicultural American texts. Special features of the program include the development of enhanced writing and critical thinking skills.

Areas of study include

  • British literature
  • American literature
  • English language
  • Grammar
  • Literary analysis
  • Multicultural literature
  • World literature
  • Writing

An optional minor is offered in creative writing. Students considering graduate work in English should take substantial work in at least one foreign language.

In addition to coursework, students may participate in the Department of English's internship program, which provides valuable pre-professional experience. Other opportunities include the University's Honors Program and study-abroad programs, which range from summer programs to a single semester or a full academic year in over 56 countries.

Students benefit from small classes taught by award-winning faculty who have a diversity of specialties including British and American literature, rhetoric, and creative writing. Most hold doctoral degrees, and many edit journals, publish books and articles, conduct research, and speak at national and international meetings within their specializations.

The Department of English sponsors a variety of activities including the Joseph S. Schick Lecture Series, a showcase of distinguished scholars from around the world who present formal lectures on British or American literature and language.

Other opportunities include the Creative Writing Society and Sigma Tau Delta (an international honor society), as well as literary readings and public exhibitions of professional and student writing.

In addition, published writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction give readings and visit informally with students.

Prior speakers on the Indiana State University campus include poet laureates Robert Pinsky and Donald Hall, international best-selling authors such as Amy Tan and Sister Helen Prejean, and Pulitzer Prize winners such as Stacy Schiff, W. D. Snodgrass, and Paul Muldoon.

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Our graduates have established careers in a variety of fields, including

  • Advertising, marketing, and public relations
  • Business administration and management
  • Editing
  • Publishing
  • Teaching
  • Technical writing
  • Writing

Others pursue graduate or professional study in the humanities, law, and business.


The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.

In addition, the Department of English offers several scholarships and awards for new and outstanding English majors.

Further Information

Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Department of English
Indiana State University

Last updated: July 18, 2014

The Catalog of Indiana State University is the document of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.

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