Undergraduate majors/minors

ENGLISH MAJORS

About the English Major Core (all emphases) expanding section

English majors take a core set of classes that introduce students to the variety of disciplines in English Studies. Students then complete coursework in a major emphasis area and finalize their experience through a capstone project and an exit portfolio. In these courses, students make progress toward the following learning outcomes:

  1. Identify and investigate enduring questions, concepts, and theories relevant to English Studies.
  2. Analyze, interpret, and critique a variety of texts and media.
  3. Situate diverse authors and genres within and across cultural contexts.
  4. Describe and analyze how language works socially, historically, and systematically.
  5. Use individual and collaborative writing processes to create effective texts in a range of genres.
  6. Articulate how English Studies applies to their personal, professional, and civic lives.
  7. Engage ethically with communities and audiences both inside and outside the university.
English Education Major expanding section

This major prepares students to become dynamic English Language Arts (ELA) teachers who can meet the needs of adolescent learners at both the middle and high school levels. English Education faculty guide students through rigorous coursework in multiple fields of inquiry (including literature, writing, linguistics, and ELA pedagogy) and provide personalized mentoring throughout multiple field experience and student teaching semesters. Most importantly, English Education majors who meet the necessary criteria graduate with a license to teach grades 6-12 in the state of Wisconsin—and our program has maintained an outstanding job placement rate over the past few years. 

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English Major: Literary and Cultural Studies Emphasis expanding section

Literary and Cultural Studies majors develop critical modes of inquiry, foundational and transferable skills in writing, and innovative research focusing on the study of culture and the human condition. Cross-disciplinary conversations hone students’ abilities to analyze diverse personal, cultural, ethical, and global perspectives, and to find creative solutions to complex problems.

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English Major: Writing and Rhetoric Emphasis expanding section

This major provides students with the knowledge, skills, and flexibility necessary to succeed in rapidly-changing, global environments. Students are empowered to examine and shape the world through writing. They develop high-demand written communication skills, gain experience working in teams, learn digital writing technologies, and address diverse audience needs. Students complete a senior capstone project, create a writing portfolio, and are encouraged to pursue internships and undergraduate research. Writing and Rhetoric is also a great option as a second major because many careers require expertise in written communication, persuasion, and analysis.

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English Major: Medical Professions Emphasis expanding section

The English for Medical Professions emphasis combines courses from English and Biology to prepare students for careers in healthcare while they also complete some of the pre-healthcare coursework, practice their writing skills, and study the human condition through narrative.

These skills are essential for health-related careers focused on writing and communication. The emphasis also dovetails nicely with existing science and pre-health tracks in other majors, and provides an advantage to UWL students entering into clinical health programs.

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ENGLISH MINORS

Creative Writing Minor expanding section

Students develop creative-thinking skills that emphasize the value of innovation and collaboration. Creative writing classrooms are supportive communities that foster the development of diverse voices, each member committed to helping one another improve as writers, readers, and creative thinkers. In composing original stories, scripts, and poems, students learn to apply literary techniques used by classical and contemporary authors. Hands-on experiences in publishing are available, as well as opportunities to work on (or be published in) the student journal, The Catalyst.

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English Education Minor expanding section

This major prepares students to become dynamic English Language Arts (ELA) teachers who can meet the needs of adolescent learners at both the middle and high school levels. English Education faculty guide students through rigorous coursework in multiple fields of inquiry (including literature, writing, linguistics, and ELA pedagogy) and provide personalized mentoring throughout multiple field experience and student teaching semesters. Most importantly, English Education majors who meet the necessary criteria graduate with a license to teach grades 6-12 in the state of Wisconsin—and our program has maintained an outstanding job placement rate over the past few years.

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Literary and Cultural Studies Minor expanding section

Literary and Cultural Studies minors encounter and interpret a variety of texts representing a range of human experience and expression. Students engage in interdisciplinary conversations about complex social structures, individual decisions, and human delights and dilemmas, while gaining transferable skills in writing, critical thinking, and analysis. The minor is a strong complement to major programs leading to a variety of career paths, including medicine, law, human services, business, education, and communication.

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Professional and Technical Writing Minor expanding section

Students develop high-demand skills in written communication for professional and technical contexts:

  • Communicating an organization’s goals and objectives to a range of stakeholders, including professional and public audiences
  • Explaining technical and specialized topics
  • Designing and delivering information in a way that meets the needs of specific users and organizations
  • Using a range of technologies to complete written communication projects
  • Working collaboratively and using project management strategies

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ENGLISH CERTIFICATE 

Professional and Technical Writing Certificate expanding section

Students develop high-demand skills in written communication for professional and technical contexts:

  • Communicating an organization’s goals and objectives to a range of stakeholders, including professional and public audiences
  • Explaining technical and specialized topics
  • Designing and delivering information in a way that meets the needs of specific users and organizations
  • Using a range of technologies to complete written communication projects
  • Working collaboratively and using project management strategies

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