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In an age of constant communication—electronic, written, spoken and personal—success in today's world depends on a person's ability to understand and use language. This is precisely what an English major trains students to do. Through the study of literature and writing, the English program prepares students to communicate effectively, think creatively and, live wisely in a diverse world.

The English degree program at the University of Southern Indiana offers students a choice of emphasis: creative writing, literature, professional writing and rhetoric, and English teaching.

Students interested in graduate study may pursue a Master of Arts in English.The program is comprised of 30 credit hours of coursework leading to a Master of Arts degree in English. The program includes 12 credit hours in English core classes, 15 credit hours in additional English classes, and 3 credit hours of a capstone project including a research paper and presentation at an end-of-semester Capstone Symposium.

English majors at USI have the opportunity to get involved in several student groups related to writing and literature and to gain experience through internships on campus and in the community. Additionally, students may complete internships with the Southern Indiana Review, a nationally-recognized journal that presents the work of emerging and established artists and writers and have their work published in one of USI's student publications. 

English graduates go into advertising, business, communications, education, information science, media, public service, publishing, sales and writing. The English major also prepares students to pursue graduate study in English, education, political science, law, government, library and information science, public administration, psychology, counseling, communications, business and religious studies.

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Erica Denison

Since graduating from USI in December 2020, I have been working as a substitute teacher in my local area. I have also been finishing my TOEFL (Teaching English as Foreign Language) certification. After I am certified, I will apply to schools abroad to teach English as a foreign language. I am between a few locations, but I aspire to teach in South Korea or Japan starting with Fall 2021.

Hope Baker

I recently got my dream job as an assistant English teacher in Japan! I will be working for a company called Altia Central, which is based in central Japan. Through my love of English, and children, I knew I wanted to become an English teacher and through the global studies program and my study abroad experience in Nagoya, Japan, I knew exactly where I would like to teach English.

Kyle Ellis

After graduating from USI in 2018, I returned to my hometown, Fairfield, IL, to work as a newspaper reporter for the Wayne County Press. The Press is a beloved local institution with a history dating back before the Civil War, and I was honored to get a byline in it.