There are few undergraduate majors that provide a person with the critical literacy and multicultural awareness essential for success in any field as does English. Since writing and reading literature are forms of self-discovery, as an English major you will learn how to express your own insights, values and opinions. In addition you also will deepen your appreciation and knowledge of the world. Close reading, analytical writing, and critical/creative thinking are universally important skills that will serve the English major well in a variety of rewarding and competitive careers. The worlds of education, teaching, law, human services, marketing, advertising, publishing, public relations and management welcome with open arms the literate, critical thinker who can write, read comprehensively, and develop convincing arguments with coherence and sharp focus. The program is offered at the Clarion campus and online.
B.S. Integrative Studies: English Concentration
Students who want to become well-rounded and enhance their marketability upon graduation should study the Bachelor of Science in integrative studies, English concentration. You will learn how to express your own insights, values and opinions. In addition you also will deepen your appreciation and knowledge of the world. Close reading, analytical writing, and critical/creative thinking are universally important skills that will serve the English major well in a variety of rewarding and competitive careers. This program is offered at the Clarion campus and online.
B.S. Integrative Studies: Writing Concentration
The most successful graduates are the ones who are both well-rounded and able to communicate well. Writing is a marketable skill that is valued in almost every profession. Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in integrative studies, writing concentration, benefit from a broad liberal studies education with the added bonus of sharpened writing skills. This program is offered only at the Clarion campus.
Minor in Black Studies
The minor in black studies invites students to investigate the variety of black experiences in Africa and the African diaspora including North America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Australia. This minor is offered only at the Clarion campus.
Minor in Creative Writing
Those who are able to express themselves can find success in any field. A minor in creative writing learns a variety of writing styles and forms including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, playwriting and script construction. Literature and drama as literature and movie studies also are explored. The minor requires 18 credits of creative writing coursework. This minor is offered only at the Clarion campus.
Minor in Literature
A minor in literature encompasses the study of English and American literature from its beginnings to present day as well as world literature, modern and contemporary literature, and African American literature. A minor in literature provides cultural, philosophical and psychological enrichment and is beneficial to those students who will go on to become majors in career areas requiring knowledge of people and culture. This minor is offered only at the Clarion campus.
Minor in Professional Writing
There are few undergraduate majors that provide you with the critical literacy and multicultural awareness essential for success in any field as does English studies. The 18-credit minor in professional writing goes deeper into the technical side of writing with such classes as Research Methodology & Writing and English Grammars and Usage. The minor is a good complement to any degree. This minor is offered only at the Clarion campus.
Certificates And Certifications
Creative Writing Certificate
The Creative Writing Certificate is a 12-credit program aimed at majors and non-majors who want to focus on, learn, and practice the process and techniques in various literary forms, such as writing poetry, fiction, drama, and non-fiction. Many students visit or enter Clarion University with a desire to write creatively -- to write poetry, fiction, autobiography, memoir, or creative non-fiction. And some desire to work toward an MFA after graduation and then write and publish their creative work. Most students choose a more practical major but retain the need to pursue a creative outlet. A certificate in creative writing allows majors and non-majors to to pursue their interests in a recognized program of study. This certificate is offered online and at the Clarion campus.
Professional Writing Certificate
The Certificate in Professional Writing is a 12-credit program that builds on skills and dispositions learned during first-year writing and shows students how to apply them to the kinds of writing practiced in professional settings. The ability to write well is among the most important “soft skills” job candidates can have. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, as of 2017, 74 percent of employers seek candidates with strong writing skills. In addition to enhancing any candidate’s resume, the English program’s certificate prepares students from across the university for the evolving writing tasks they will encounter in professional environments. Further, students will learn how to use digital tools, successfully convey discipline-specific information, collaborate in teams, and how to assess the needs of diverse readers and communicate effectively with them. Note: This certificate teaches genres, forms, and skills of writing. Students might rely on previously acquired discipline-specific knowledge for content, but writing certificate courses do not teach discipline-specific knowledge. This certificate is offered online and at the Clarion campus.