Your English major at Gardner-Webb University offers four different emphases: pre-professional, education, general writing, professional writing, and creative writing.

Bachelor of Arts in English

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The Bachelor of Arts in English degree program is designed to enable students to become formidable thinkers, textual analysts, and writers. With emphasis available in pre-professional instruction or writing studies, our graduates include successful college instructors, novelists, professional writers, attorneys, bankers, and editors.


Undergraduate Admissions

Within the pre-professional concentration, you will develop highly transferable skills useful for entry into professional fields such as law, ministry, medicine, and business. You’ll take courses in American literature, British literature, world literature, and literary criticism, and write a thesis as a capstone project.


An English major with a writing emphasis will prepare you for a career or advanced study in writing-related fields. Our writing curriculum includes courses in creative writing and professional writing, depending on your area of concentration. You’ll build your portfolio by working on the staff of a university publication such as our literary magazine (Broad River Review) or the student newspaper, completing a writing internship, and writing a thesis.

With a degree in English you will be prepared to do just about anything. Your career options include (but are not limited to) opportunities in writing, public relations, teaching, research, journalism, editing, and communications. You will be prepared for further study in English, Law, Divinity, and a host of other fields.


Our alumni have pursued careers in diverse fields such as communications, business, education, law, and publishing. Graduates find work in editing, public relations, counseling, journalism, management, marketing, research, writing, and more.


GWU English alumni are following their passions, succeeding in their careers, and making an impact on their communities. Graduates are pursuing further study at Duke University, Boston University, the University of Florida, the University of Tennessee, Purdue University, Carnegie Mellon University, Princeton Theological Seminary, and more.

Here are just a few of our alums' many accomplishments:


  1. Ron Rash is a nationally-known writer and poet. His best-selling novel Serena has recently been made into a movie.
  2. Larissa Bixler is an attorney with Hendrick, Gardner, Kincheloe & Garofalo in Charlotte, N.C.
  3. Jennifer Rogers Spinola publishes Christian novels.
  4. Tara Hostetler holds a master’s degree from Florida State University and is an editor at McGraw-Hill.
  5. Lauren Quesenberry Alfaro has a master’s from Loyola University in Chicago and is a mental health coordinator in Minneapolis.
  6. Rachel Jones taught English as a Second Language to fourth graders at Central Christian Academy in Suwon, South Korea.
  7. Wayne Blankenship is a publicity director for a health education organization.

In addition to the Gardner-Webb University general education requirements, the student must complete at least thirty-six hours of English credit. No more than nine hours of ENGL 200-level literature survey courses may be counted toward the major. All majors must participate in an exit interview during their last semester of English classes. The optional minor may be selected from any offered by the University.


Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

Students who choose to major in English can choose any other university minor. For a list of available minors, click here.

Non-English majors can choose English as a minor area of concentration. A minor in English can be earned upon completion of 15 hours of ENGL electives beyond the core requirements. No more than three hours of ENGL 200-level literature survey courses may be counted toward the major.



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