Why WKU English?
The most wonderful feature of the WKU Department of English is undoubtedly the people—our faculty and staff really care about students and their work. They work hard to challenge students to help them do their very best work, and many of them develop relationships with students that last a lifetime.
Our program is also a great value, affordable for in-state and out-of-state students. WKU has a Tuition Incentive Program for students from a number of regions and offers many general scholarships for students; the English Department offers its own scholarships too.
Our students are also central to what makes our department great at the academic and interpersonal level. We have one of the highest concentrations of honors students at WKU and, certainly, within our college. Our undergraduates publish and present their work regularly at conferences, and we have a strong record of students receiving national prizes, such as the Fulbright.
Along with our great people, we offer a wide range of programs including literature from medieval to modern; fiction, poetry, script, and memoir writing; secondary English teaching and teaching English as a second language; technical, business, and professional writing; and film studies and production. Our department houses WKU’s outstanding Gender and Women’s Studies Program, and you can learn a lot about gender dynamics, globally and historically, with an emphasis on issues central to women's lives. In the English program, you have many choices in the courses you can take. In fact, we recently finished revising our new curriculum so that students will have a strong set of primary courses in the major, but more freedom to take English courses that interest them.
We also have many co-curricular opportunities that allow you to develop friendships with people who share your interests, supplementing your learning and allowing you to gain experience before graduation. A few options include:
The WKU Professional Writing Club is a great place to learn more about possible careers, as well as how to better prepare for and handle job-searching. Connect with others who share your goals and learn more about future and immediate opportunities in your field!
Please contact Dr. Jones with any questions.
Present on a project that you have been exploring or a topic you love at the annual Undergraduate Literature, Language, and Culture Conference.
Along with these activities, you also have many opportunities to study away. The department has offered courses in Greece, Switzerland, Cuba, and more! Additionally, WKU is repeatedly a top Fulbright grant-producing institution, and English majors make up a good portion of these student winners. A number of faculty have also created travel opportunities to Oxford, Mississippi, Chicago, Memphis, and Louisville as part of regular classes.
Evidence shows that [English majors] tend to advance farther and be more sought out by CEOs for high-level jobs than non-liberal arts graduates. Employers can train new hires in specialized skills on the job. But they can't train workers to have critical-thinking skills, problem-solving skills, and the capacity for lifelong learning that today's organizations require.
~ Katherine Hanson, Chief Writer for Quintessential Resumes and Cover Letters
Our department has also created an amazing internship program that is ideal for career-minded students. Not all English departments offer such practical, on-the-job learning opportunities, but we have an intensive program that places students as web designers, social media consultants, teaching assistants, educational content creators, and music publicists to name a few.
For a glimpse of what others have done within some of our undergraduate concentrations, see the English alumni profiles below:
Shane Wood - Literature
Eileen Ryan - English for Secondary Teaching
Haley Cade - Creative Writing
Mary Boothe - Professional Writing