Turn a Passion for Reading and Writing Into a Career With a Degree in English Language & Literature from Southern New Hampshire University

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SNHU’s B.A. in English Language & Literature new online degree program places a strong emphasis on writing, research and critical analysis, which helps create a variety of career options after graduation. SNHU’s English Language & Literature majors will go on to become teachers, lawyers, corporate communications executives, consultants, historians, advertising and public relations specialists, and more.

According to a recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), a substantial portion of liberal arts grads have jobs that relate directly to their studies, and are in positions that marked the start of a career.

In addition to an extensive overview of American and British literature, and a sampling of world literature, SNHU’s ELL program requires courses in linguistics, grammar, advanced nonfiction writing and the works of Shakespeare. Optional courses include Greco-Roman and medieval literature and writing workshops in poetry, fiction, journalism and drama. This program is now being offered in an online format.

A B.A. in English Language & Literature prepares students to do more than just teach and write. SNHU’s program places a strong emphasis on writing, research and critical analysis, which opens up a world of career options after graduation, because it is designed from the ground up to give students a broad set of skills that translate into virtually any field. “A degree in English broadens horizons,” said SNHU English instructor Christopher Lee. “It not only allows students to experience timeless ideas in some of the world’s greatest works of literature but also provides them with the essential skills routinely cited by employers as the most desirable: the abilities to analyze, think critically, and write well.” The skills acquired include:

  •     Effective written and oral Communication skills – Learn how to develop, craft and present ideas and stories that will help convince, persuade and educate an audience
  •     The ability to think critically and creatively – Discover how to uncover and dissect various viewpoints in order to create new concepts and stories
  •     A broad knowledge of literary classics – Gain a unique perspective and understanding of the world by reading, evaluating and discussing literature that's influenced society
  •     Proficiency in research strategies – Learn proven techniques for pinpointing and analyzing information to help build support for ideas and opinions

“In addition to the pleasure of reading great works, students studying language and literature gain valuable experience that is critical to the globalization embraced by employers of the 21st century: exposure to diverse cultures and societies, as well as issues of the human condition,” said Linda Rodriguez, an instructor in SNHU’s English Department. “Moreover, we are committed to preparing students with a solid foundation in professional writing, critical analysis, and creativity — skills consistently ranked among the most important by graduate and law schools, as well as by hiring managers in nearly every field.”

SNHU, based in Manchester, NH, is a private, nonprofit, accredited university that focuses on ensuring students learn skills to succeed. With its first online offering in 1995, the online degree programs at SNHU continue meeting the needs of today’s students while at the same time ensuring educational quality and real-world applicability.

Visit Southern New Hampshire University to learn more about the English Language & Literature online degree program.


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