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English Bachelor Degree (B.A.)

English Bachelor Degree (B.A.)

English at Messiah College

Swamped with images, information, sounds and new technology daily, the English major at Messiah College prepares you to analyze, interpret, understand and change the world around you.

The English degree program takes place on our nationally ranked, central Pennsylvania campus and combines creative writing, literature and critical thinking to form a comprehensive education that leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

If you are a creative and critical thinker with a broad range of interests, who dreams about writing and positively influencing others through words, then Messiah College’s English major is a good fit for you.

English major distinctives
Career options for English majors
Internship opportunities for English majors

Intentional Instruction

Your professors in the English degree program, who are also published authors and lecturers, will teach you to hone your writing skills and will provide you with many opportunities to get your writing published outside the classroom. You may even present your work at an international conference or compete for an Oxford fellowship like other Messiah English majors have done. You can also get involved in on-campus writing organizations such as the Minnemango Review or the The Pulse—Messiah’s student-run media group.

Faith and Intellect

One of the most critical needs in our culture is the need for cross-cultural knowledge, awareness and empathy—and our English program will give you just that. Through your ability to empathize with those from other cultures, you will be better able to understand and respond to their particular spiritual, emotional and physical needs. Your training in close reading, research and communication will better enable you to communicate God’s love in an intelligent and useful way.

Teaching certification

Interested in teaching English? Take the all the required English degree courses and apply to Messiah’s Teacher Education Program to earn your secondary teaching certificate. In addition to the strong literature and writing curriculum in the English degree program, you’ll also work to the complete the state-required theoretical background and practical experience  to become an English teacher in grades 7-12.

Preparation for a meaningful career

Majoring in English—part of the School of the Humanities—is great preparation for your mission in the world. We recently surveyed our English alumni and they agree: Messiah prepared them well for successful, creative careers in teaching, editing, publishing, missions, business, law, ministry and even songwriting.