Bachelor’s Degree in English

  • Overview

    As an English major at William Peace University, you will develop life and career skills by exploring the power of the written word.

    Through our innovative curriculum focused on real outcomes – which is unlike any other program in the state – WPU English majors graduate with more than just an understanding and appreciation of great literature but also with skills graduate programs and employers value. Our distinguished faculty will work closely with you to become an effective writer, communicator and critical thinker by dissecting text, interpreting language and expressing ideas. Our unique four-year college writing program encompasses both creative and professional writing, including writing grants, technical documents, resumes, cover letters and other valuable applications. Flexible by design, the program allows you to shape your education by tailoring it to fit your passions and career goals. WPU English graduates have found great success after graduation, going on to prestigious graduate schools and finding positions in academia, marketing, journalism, business and more.


    Study English at WPU
    Discover a passion for the written word through exploration and dissection of poetry, novels, essays and much more
  • Courses

    The courses listed below are for the Academic Catalog and are subject to change. Please reference the Academic Catalog for further information and course descriptions. If you are a current student, please reference the catalog in which you come under.

    Bachelor of Arts in English

    Liberal Education Curriculum 49 credit hours
    English Core Courses 33 credit hours
    General Electives 38 credit hours
    Total credit hours for B.A. in English 120 credit hours


    English Core Courses 33 credit hours
    ENG 212: British Literature After 1700 3
    ENG 216: American Literature After 1700 3
    ENG 220: World Literature Before 1700 3
    Twenty-one (21) additional credit hours required in English at the 200-400 level; no more than 6 of the 21 hours at the 200 level; at least 12 of the 21 credit hours must be completed at the 400 level 15-21
    ENG 485: Senior Seminar 3


    General Electives 38 credit hours
    Must complete 38 elective credit hours 38



    Minor in English 18 credit hours
    Choose six (6) courses at the 200-level or above
    Choose two (2) to three (3) 200-level English courses
    Choose at least two (2) 400-level English courses
  • Faculty
    Associate Professor of English
    Professor of English; Program Director of English
    Program Director of Theatre; Professor of English; Department Chair of Humanities
  • Careers

    English majors use analytical approaches to examine language, literature, cultural studies and writing. Critical thinking and analytical skills are developed as one focuses on the comprehension and interpretation of language and expressing one’s ideas, both verbally and in written form. Graduates go on to various careers in areas such as journalism, technical writing, advertising copy writing and public relations.

    Recent internships include:

    • 919 Marketing
    • North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
    • Literacy Council of Wake County
    • Wake Education Partnership
    • Mothers Against Drunk Driving
    • Quail Ridge Books and Music
    • North Carolina State Archives
    • North Carolina of History Associates
    • State Employees Association of North Carolina

    Recent employment of English majors:

    • Support Manager, Community Partnerships
    • English Teacher, Louisburg High School
    • Account Manager, 919 Marketing
    • Learning Center Coordinator, William Peace University
    • Assistant Director of Enrollment Services, Trinity University
    • Project Coordinator, CIBER, NC
    • Editor in Chief, The Aynor Journal
    • Public Information Officer, Roanoke-Chowan Community College

    Recent graduate school acceptances:

    • UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law
    • North Carolina State University, Master’s in English
    • George Washington University, Master’s in Philosophy and Social Policy
    • North Carolina State University, Master’s in English Education
Alumna Fanny Slater returns to campus to promote her cookbook.
Alumna Fanny Slater returns to campus to promote her cookbook.

“The fact that it’s a smaller school has always meant that you get that attention in a way that is so important for students who kind of feel lost.”

WPU Alumna Fanny Slater Becomes Food Network Co-Host
2009 Graduate, English Major, Food Network Co-Host
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