The Literature Track provides students with a firm background in English and American literature, in addition to courses in a variety of areas of interest to the faculty (see under "Full-Time Faculty"). This track has the largest number of elective credits and allows students to specialize in Pre-Law, obtain Secondary Education Certification, or minor in any area of interest. The Literature Track also provides an excellent preparation for those planning to go on to graduate school.
English majors may also choose to pursue a second major in areas such as Communications, History, Philosophy, or Psychology.
The Professional Writing Track is designed for those interested in careers in writing and related fields such as journalism, feature writing, magazine article writing, publishing, editing, technical writing, advertising, speech writing, script writing for radio and television, screen writing for film, and other kinds of creative writing. It is also appropriate for those interested in a career teaching writing.
Courses in the Professional Writing curriculum include Advanced Expository Writing, Teaching Writing, Writing for Media, Technical Writing, Feature and Magazine Writing, and Imaginative Writing. Different versions of the Imaginative Writing course emphasize the writing of fiction, poetry, and drama, or script/screen writing for radio, television, and film. Normally, these writing classes have no more than 12 students, so the students are guaranteed individual attention to the development of their writing skills. The Professional Writing Track also requires writing internships with local media outlets in order to give students important practical experience.