English

Develop the reading, writing, and speaking skills essential to adapt to and compete within a changing job market and complex global environment.

A student reads and takes notes in English class.

Mission: The English program prepares students to think critically, write effectively, and speak formally in both academic and professional contexts, applying these skills to address, analyze, and solve complex and often unforeseen problems in their personal and professional lives. The program develops these abilities by teaching students to think historically, developing through the analysis of literary texts and other media empathy for diverse social and cultural realities; read literary texts critically, identifying in them the constituent rhetorical elements used to engage and persuade an audience; write creative, academic, and business documents to prepare students for graduate study and professional careers in fields as diverse as law and business; speak confidently and coherently in academic and professional contexts; and use information technologies to work effectively within new and emerging online environments.

The aims of the English program are informed by the liberal arts, a tradition upon which higher education and life-long learning are founded, a tradition that fosters the creativity and ingenuity sought by those committed to civic responsibility and social justice, attributes that are important to the development of intellectually broad citizens and professionally adaptable work force.

One of two English degree tracks, either the basic literature track or the pre-law track with paralegal studies certificate, will prepare you for graduate study, law school or the job market by developing your skills in reading analytically, thinking critically and writing effectively. Along with these practical benefits, the study of English fosters strong global awareness, historical knowledge and cultural sensitivity -- all invaluable ingredients for success in twenty-first century corporate environments.

The study of English will enable you to:

  • develop exceptional oral and written communications skills;
  • learn personal and professional skills for the information age;
  • prepare for various fields of graduate study as diverse as law and business
  • study a discipline that will complement a number of existing programs.
  • think historically, developing through the analysis of literary texts and other media empathy for diverse social and cultural realities;
  • read literary texts critically, identifying in them the constituent rhetorical elements used to engage and persuade an audience;
  • write creative, academic, and business documents to prepare you for graduate study and professional careers in fields as diverse as law and business;
  • speak confidently and coherently in academic and professional contexts; and
  • use information technologies to work effectively within new and emerging online environments.

While study in the humanities is invaluable in shaping your cultural and ethical perspectives, it also gives you a practical set of portable skills. If you graduate with a B.S. in English from Husson you will be a strong writer, a skilled interpreter of texts, a patient problem-solver and a sophisticated critical/analytical thinker. Employers actively seek students with proven skills in these areas.

The following is an abbreviated list of professions that actively seek to employ graduates with degrees in English:

  • Advertising
  • Broadcasting
  • Copy Editing
  • Corporate Communications
  • Government
  • Grant Writing
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Municipal and State
  • Professional/Technical
  • Public Relations
  • Publications Research
  • Writing
  • Teaching (Secondary or Elementary)

To the greatest extent possible, students are placed in writing internships in promising professional areas.

Additional support is available through the Writing Center, a resource for a student's writing.

Minor in English

We also offer a minor in English, requiring completion of 18 credit hours (6 courses) of approved English coursework.

English

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