Ohio Wesleyan offers three different concentrations for English majors to meet your individual interests and goals. In all of these concentrations, you will develop valuable skills in writing and oral expression, critical thinking, research, and analysis.

About the Concentrations

Students in English select from three concentrations:

  • Literature: In this concentration you read and analyze a variety of English-language literatures from around the world, both historic and contemporary. You read deeply, analyze, and develop critical skills to enrich your emotional and intellectual experience of literary texts. You explore the conventions of fiction, poetry, drama, and the essay, and you examine fundamental questions about the nature of literature: What is it? Why read it? How is life transformed into imaginative works and how do they transform our lives? Through spirited discussion and debate of complex issues such as race, power, and identity, you study the ways in which historical and cultural contexts impact literary traditions, genres, and modes of expression. Requirements.
  • English for Educators: If you want to teach English or writing in middle school or high school, this concentration gives you an easy-to-navigate path designed specifically for your needs. Additionally, we believe that this concentration may provide a small boost to the university’s recruiting and retention efforts, signaling to prospective English Education students that we have a clear route to graduation created just for them. You will study literature, writing, and language and linguistics and meet licensure requirements for teaching grades 7-12.
  • Creative Writing: In Creative Writing, you explore and develop writing techniques by studying many different writing forms, including fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting. As an upper-level student, you will have the opportunity to specialize in a genre of writing in rigorous, advanced genre-specific workshops. Learn more.

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Graduate Outcomes

Jacob Miller '14

An English major, Jacob is pursuing his Doctor of Law at Northeastern University.

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Chair: Mark Allison
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