Majoring in English

Do you dream of being a poet or a teacher? Becoming a lawyer or an editor? Going to graduate school? A major in English can help you achieve these goals and more. As an English major you will learn to think critically, read carefully, and express your ideas effectively. The 37-credit English BA degree program allows students to create their own emphasis area tailored to their interests, for example, literature, creative writing, rhetoric, literary editing, etc.

For general English major questions, contact the English Advising Coordinator, Christiana Langenberg, Ross 343.

English Education

Or a student may choose the English Education Emphasis and earn a BA degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, qualify for a secondary (grades 7-12) teaching license from the Iowa Department of Education, and position themselves to earn extra teaching endorsements in Reading, English as a Second Language, or other disciplines.

More information on specific teacher licensure requirements, is available in the ISU Catalog or from the English Education Adviser, Michelle Tremmel, Ross 347.

The English Department offers two additional majors:

Majoring in Technical Communication

A major in Technical Communication prepares you to help those who create ideas to communicate better with those who use them. As a Technical Communication major, you learn to compose a wide range of print and electronic documents for use in business, industry, schools and other institutions, and communities. Coursework for the BS in Technical Communication helps you to understand scientific and technical information and teaches you strategies for producing texts to communicate that information to others. To meet the needs of this demanding profession, you take courses in the following areas.

For more information, contact the Technical Communication Adviser, Samantha Robinson-Adams, Ross 313, or use this link: Technical Communication Major information

Majoring in Linguistics

Students of linguistics study the structure, meaning, uses and history of human languages. They gain insight into how language is processed by the human mind and by computer, and they learn about cultural and linguistic diversity through the study of how language reflects meaning and worldviews. Through these perspectives, students discover how language reflects unique characteristics of humanity by connecting linguistic structure with the functional meanings that are used in communication.

Students learn how linguistic analysis can be used in practice through the study of such areas as second language acquisition and assessment, language teaching, computer processing of human language, and communication disorders. Linguistics courses are taught by outstanding faculty in language related departments such as Anthropology, Computer Science, English, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Psychology, and World Languages and Cultures.

The link address is:  linguistics-major-requirements

For more information, contact Professor John Levis, Chair or Greta Muller Levis, Adviser.

Majoring in Speech Communication

We promise you that as a Speech Comm major you will learn:

  • Rhetorical Theory & History. You will be able understand and apply technical vocabularies, theories and perspectives to analyze contemporary problems and your own communication practice.
  • Rhetorical Practice. You will be able to speak and listen well, and have the self-confidence to become an active leader in your communities.
  • Rhetorical Criticism & Critical Thinking. You will be able to recognize persuasive strategies, assess reasoning, and perform research in the discipline.

For more information follow this link