At a Glance

Program units


Areas of Study

  • Literature
  • Teaching
  • Writing


WSCUC (formerly WASC)

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B.A. in English

APU’s Bachelor of Arts in English equips students to make effective use of the written word. The skills that English majors learn—how to think, read, write, listen, and speak effectively—enable graduates to live successfully and contribute to society in all personal and professional endeavors. The English major provides a solid foundation in writing technique and linguistics, as well as world, British, and American literature, creative writing, significant authors, and the history of literary movements. These then provide a framework for advanced study in one of three areas of concentration.

The literature concentration focuses on the analysis and criticism of literary works, including Shakespeare, the American and British novel, and contemporary, adolescent, and children’s literature. The teaching concentration prepares students to be “highly qualified” according to No Child Left Behind for teaching grades 7–12, to waive the state-required CSET English exam, to participate in service learning in local classrooms, and to enter a credential program. The writing concentration prepares students for a professional writing or editing career, such as freelance magazine article writing, creative writing, public relations, and professional technical writing. English majors leave APU prepared to think critically and write compellingly.

Pathway from Education to Vocation

Download the English Major Brochure to learn more about APU’s pathway from education to vocation, including graduate school and career opportunities.

English Major Brochure (PDF)

Is This Major Right for You?

You’re an English major if you:

  • Enjoy reading, writing, and communicating.
  • Enjoy the creative process.
  • Want to gain expertise that is in demand and applicable to many fields.
  • Are asked to proofread friends' papers.
  • Love reading, and books are your constant companions.
  • Would like to write novels, screenplays, or poems.
  • Enjoy analyzing literature.
  • Use language to reveal emotion and improve reason.

Learn more about this major.

Note: This information is current for the 2016-17 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.