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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English

B.A. in English with Teacher Certification

Earning an English degree will prepare you to teach English in public schools. It will also open doors for careers in technical or creative writing, editing, publishing and law.

Our graduates also have a 90% acceptance rate to graduate school.

Our available minors in Creative Writing, Film Studies and Technical Writing, also pair great with most academic majors.

Program Faculty

Many of our faculty publish their creative writing, and several have won statewide teaching awards. Our small classes mean you really get to know your professors and get the individual attention you deserve.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates enjoy varied and successful careers throughout the U.S. and internationally. They include award-winning teachers and writers.

  • <div class="wide-block quote-block "><div class="quote-block__image"><picture> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/876,0,3604,2731/45235_COM_5182.rev.1604085362.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/876,0,3604,2731/45235_COM_5182.rev.1604085362.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/876,0,3604,2731/45235_COM_5182.rev.1604085362.jpg" alt="Student smiling at camera with ram hand" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="quote-block__content"><div class="quote-block__quote"><blockquote><p> “The English Department community is diverse, kind and insanely knowledgeable. This department has an amazing and small graduate program with eclectic class options and subjects.”</p></blockquote></div><div class="quote-block__caption"><p><strong>Lacy Larsson</strong>, B.A. & M.A. in English, English Teacher, San Angelo Central High School</p></div></div></div>
  • <div class="wide-block quote-block "><div class="quote-block__image"><picture> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/1368,0,4096,2731/45276_DSC_9808.rev.1604085946.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/1368,0,4096,2731/45276_DSC_9808.rev.1604085946.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/1368,0,4096,2731/45276_DSC_9808.rev.1604085946.jpg" alt="Student sitting on the football field" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="quote-block__content"><div class="quote-block__quote"><blockquote><p> “I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I began my master’s degree at ASU, but the classes and the professors equipped me for even greater challenges.”</p></blockquote></div><div class="quote-block__caption"><p><strong>Lydia Nixon</strong>, English M.A. Program</p></div></div></div>
  • <div class="wide-block quote-block "><div class="quote-block__image"><picture> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/0,475,2732,3203/45285_Nadia_portrait.rev.1604085950.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/0,475,2732,3203/45285_Nadia_portrait.rev.1604085950.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/0,475,2732,3203/45285_Nadia_portrait.rev.1604085950.jpg" alt="Student smiling at the camera" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="quote-block__content"><div class="quote-block__quote"><blockquote><p> “ASU’s program in English allows for a healthy mix of survey and in-depth coursework. I was able to take classes that interested me while still gaining a good understanding of the discipline as a whole.”</p></blockquote></div><div class="quote-block__caption"><p><strong>Jodi Meyer</strong>, Class of 2018, B.A. in English/Philosophy</p></div></div></div>
  • <div class="wide-block quote-block "><div class="quote-block__image"><picture> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/614,0,3342,2731/45662_COM_7762.rev.1604604533.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/614,0,3342,2731/45662_COM_7762.rev.1604604533.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/614,0,3342,2731/45662_COM_7762.rev.1604604533.jpg" alt="Student smiling at the camera" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="quote-block__content"><div class="quote-block__quote"><blockquote><p> “Dr. Kevin Garrison’s passion for technical writing and usability is infectious! I use the skills that he and my other English instructors taught me on a daily basis, and I’m not sure where I’d be if it weren’t for his guidance, wisdom and excitement for the technical side of writing.”</p></blockquote></div><div class="quote-block__caption"><p><strong>Farrah Lokey</strong>, Class of 2011 & 2015</p></div></div></div>
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  • <div class="wide-block quote-block "><div class="quote-block__image"><picture> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3277,3276/43063_IMG_8413.rev.1602794773.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3277,3276/43063_IMG_8413.rev.1602794773.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3277,3276/43063_IMG_8413.rev.1602794773.jpg" alt="Students smiling at the camera" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="quote-block__content"><div class="quote-block__quote"><blockquote><p> “Dr. Kevin Garrison’s classes are fun and engaging, and the personal relationship even set me on the path to my current place of employment.”</p></blockquote></div><div class="quote-block__caption"><p><strong>Gloria Doss</strong>, ASU Alumna, Nonconformance Lead, Ethicon</p></div></div></div>
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Our Courses

Gain hands-on experience through our Writing Center and campus literary magazines, and interact with professionals at our annual ASU Writers Conference. You can also experience European language and culture in our summer study abroad program.

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