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Department of English and Modern Languages

Celebrate the beauty and value of language as you learn the real-world knowledge and skills to be successful in a wide variety of career fields.

In our department, you will gain valuable experience in writing, reading, research, communication and problem solving. These are skills that will help you advance in virtually any career setting, or advance to graduate school.


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English
This wide-ranging degree gives you the opportunity to explore literary studies, creative writing, technical writing, linguistics and English education. You can also participate in interdisciplinary programs, such as film studies and gender studies.

B.A. in English with Secondary Teacher Certification
This degree offers the same varied curriculum and the opportunity to test for certification to teach English at the middle school and/or high school level.

B.A. in Spanish
This degree program features small classes aimed at developing your Spanish reading, writing, speaking and listening skills within a cultural context.

B.A. in Spanish with All-Level Teacher Certification
This degree offers the same Spanish language preparation and the opportunity to test for certification to teach Spanish in all levels of Texas public schools.

Master of Arts (M.A.) in English
Earning this degree will help you advance your professional career or continue your education into a Ph.D. program.

No matter what career you are planning, you need language skills. Being able to communicate effectively may be the skill that sets you apart. An ASU English or modern languages degree can unlock the door to various careers, including teaching, writing, editing, publishing, international relations, translating, international business, health services and the law.

Around the Department

Take a look at some other aspects of our department that make ASU an outstanding place to study English and modern languages.

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Minors and Certificates

You can minor in English, French, German, Russian, creative writing, film studies, linguistics or technical writing. You can also earn certificates in creative writing or technical writing for an added professional credential.

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Literary Activities

Gain valuable hands-on experience as you help design, edit and produce our Oasis literary magazine, or tutor your fellow students in our Writing Center. You can also meet and network with professional writers from across the country at our annual ASU Writers Conference.

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Student Organizations

We have five student organizations and three national honor societies to choose from. Pick one or more that fit your interests and join in for professional development and networking opportunities as you really get to know your fellow students and professors.