E & LA

English and Liberal Arts

Majors in English, English Secondary Education, and Liberal Arts at Michigan Tech are inspired by the richness of the humanist tradition and dedicated to innovation. Benefiting from a dynamic curriculum, small course sizes, and diverse and expert faculty, our graduates enter careers in academia and the professions well prepared to meet the changing needs of society with creativity, historical perspective, global awareness, and superior communication skills.

Students who can think critically and write, read, and communicate effectively are in increasing demand in every field. In these majors you will learn to be an enterprising thinker, communicator, leader, and manager. Our graduates have become editors, educators, creative writers, journalists, lawyers, digital media and public relations professionals, or gone on to graduate school in a variety of disciplines.

The Degrees

English

The Bachelor of Arts in English draws upon the artistic and research strengths of faculty in creative writing, literature, cultural studies, film, rhetoric, and more. Students in the English B.A. learn the research and writing skills and strategies that will enable them to analyze and report on the language and texts of others, as well as to create original, meaningful texts of their own. Such training can prepare students for graduate work in literature, creative writing, culture, or rhetoric, and also for careers in publishing, industry, law, business, or government, which require similar skills in interpretation, analysis, creative thinking, and communication. Specific course requirements can be found on the degree audit form.

English Secondary Education

The Bachelor of Arts in English Secondary Education draws upon the same artistic and research strengths as the English B.A., with an added emphasis on how to implement teaching and learning strategies in secondary English classroom environments and meet the literacy challenges of tomorrow. Students in the English Secondary Education B.A. learn the research and writing skills and strategies that will enable them to analyze  and report on the language and texts of others, as well as to create original, meaningful texts of their own and graduate prepared for highly competitive teaching positions in public or private high schools and middle schools. Specific course requirements can be found on the degree audit form. More detailed information about the major and its requirements can be found in the English Education Handbook.

Liberal Arts

Like both English and English Secondary Education, our Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts draws upon the artistic and research strengths of faculty in philosophy, literature, cultural studies, rhetoric, creative writing, and more. Students in the Liberal Arts B.A. receive a strong introduction to philosophy, literature, language, communication, art, theater, music, speech and linguistics, as well as technology and business. Such training prepares students for graduate work in literature, creative writing, culture, or rhetoric, and also for careers in law, industry, business, or government, which require similar skills in interpretation, writing, and the analysis of how communication functions.

Specific course requirements can be found on the degree audit form.

Program Learning Goals

English and Liberal Arts

Disciplinary Knowledge

In this program, students will acquire knowledge of a wide range of literature, including British, American and World literatures. They will develop tools for understanding how to analyze and critique literature while also learning how to apply methods to their own writing practice. Students will be expected to demonstrate competency in the following areas:

  • Historical grounding and cultural impact of literary works in various cultures.
  • Focused study of genres, forms and modes of writing, such as the novel, drama, or lyrical poetry.
  • Focused study of specific movements and periods, such as the Avant-Garde, Romanticism or Modernism.
  • Focused attention on studying the “body of work” of select influential writers.

Communication

By exposing students to various forms of communication, students will be able to understand how and when to apply different tools to engage others.

Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning

Focused attention will be placed on the cultural values reflected in literary works.

Students will also engage the social and ethical implications of literary works and its creative production.

Global Literacy

Students will demonstrate the ability to differentiate cultural traditions, ideas, and practices while recognizing shared characteristics and human concerns.

Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively and appropriately in cross-cultural contexts.

Students will demonstrate basic literacy in a modern language and understand its cultural significance.

Critical & Creative Thinking

Students will learn to apply different theoretical concepts to literary interpretations.

Students will learn to read texts closely, identifying multiple interpretations that broaden comprehension.

Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze themes or contextualize works from a variety of sources alongside literature and writing practices. This may include social media, film, journalism, etc.

Information Literacy

Students will demonstrate the use of multiple research methods to develop critical analyses theses, and writing projects.

Students will understand how to access, evaluate, and use information ethically and legally.