English Majors

Rhetoric & Writing Emphasis

An undergraduate English major with an emphasis in Rhetoric & Writing deepens your understanding of a range of writing situations, improves your writing abilities, and provides a solid background for a number of career paths, including professional writing, teaching, creative writing, journalism, linguistics, and graduate studies, as well as other communication-related fields.

"Rhetoric is the art, practice, and study of human communication."
                 -- Andrea Lunsford

Literature Emphasis

English majors with the literature emphasis learn to interpret a wide variety of texts representing the great range of human experience and expression. The major provides a solid pre-professional foundation for many different careers, including medical, legal, business, education, and communications, as well as graduate programs.

"It is difficult / to get the news from poems / yet men die miserably every day / for lack / of what is found there.”
                 -- William Carlos Williams

English for Education Majors

The English Education major at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse prepares students to be middle and high school English teachers licensed to teach in Wisconsin. Through course work and field experiences, English Education majors focus on the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the disciplines, as well as instructional tools to make these aspects of the subject matter meaningful for all learners.  

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."
                 -- William Butler Yeats

Rhetoric and Writing Major Requirements.pdf

Literature Major Requirements.pdf

English Education Major Requirements.pdf

English Minors

Professional Writing

Creative Writing

Literature Minor
all colleges excluding teacher certificate programs

English Education Minor
education majors seeking teacher certification

Professional and Technical Writing Requirments.pdf

Creative Writing Minor Requirements.pdf

Literature Minor Requirements.pdf

English Education Minor Requirements.pdf

Click here for the requirements prior to July 1st, 2013 for the majors and minors listed above.

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