Earn an English Degree
With a Newman University Degree in English, you will learn to communicate effectively, act nobly, and enrich the world through language and universal ideas.
The field of English encompasses the study of literature, composition, creative writing, and the English language itself. Our curriculum is designed to prepare students to write well and read deeply so that they may communicate effectively, act nobly, and enrich the world through language and universal ideas. Cardinal Newman suggested that it is exposure to large, complex, and sometimes contradictory ideas that gives a person a holistic, self-reflexive view of their “own opinions and judgments, a truth in developing them, an eloquence in expressing them and a force in urging them.” The English Department encourages such ideals, teaching students to encounter the world of truth, eloquence, and force by encountering the world of the word.
- To usher students through the grandeur and gravitas of great writing by introducing them to the history and scope of writing in the English language and by exposing them to Non-Western World literatures as well as to areas of special interest.
- To provide students a grounding in the development of the English language and its major tropes through courses in History and Structures of Language, Poetry, Creative Writing, and Shakespeare.
- To guide students to think critically, communicate effectively, and explore both inner and outer worlds by deepening their writing process through creativity, research, and the reflective process.
- To ensure students encounter writing as an art, as a meeting of word and vision, which we believe is necessary for a deep and broad-based understanding of creativity, communication, the world, and self.
Newman University is a Catholic university with an English program focused on cultivating written skill. You can build your resume by working as a paid on-campus writing tutor or with the school newspaper (The Vantage), presenting your work at various conferences, writing for or editing the campus literary journal (Coelacanth), and helping produce the professional journal (Archaeopteryx). Many of our students also continue on to get advanced degrees. See the (Outcomes) section of our site for examples.
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About Our English Program
Bachelor of Arts in English
This degree focuses on advancing your writing ability.
- Practice writing professionally in various fields, including advertising, law, and business
- Work as a creative writer, freelance writer, technical writer, or journalist
- Work as an English teacher at a public school, private school, or university
While earning your Bachelor of Arts in English, you can expect to take courses including Introduction to Literature and Criticism, Poetry, Shakespeare, and Creative Writing. A complete four-year plan of study can be found here.
Minor in English
Interested in supporting your major with a Minor in English? The curriculum can be found here.
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About Our Faculty
While pursuing a degree in English, you can expect a promising future. The English field is projected to grow 13% for postsecondary professors, 6% for high school teachers, and 2% for writers and authors, (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015). Our students are prepared to meet the expected demand for whichever field of English they plan to pursue.
A degree in English will give you the opportunity to work in a variety of fields and specialties related to English. Here are some examples of potential careers and their median salaries:
* 2015 national median pay for this career of working professionals with years of experience, (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Careers of NU Graduates in English
With English, you can do ANYTHING! Many Newman English major, minor and concentration graduates have continued their studies to earn advanced degrees and have established themselves in an array of careers that demand flexible, precise oral and written communication skills. Selected examples:
- Marketing Coordinator for UrbanGirl.com
- Director of Production at Vimeo.com
- Director of Program Services for Girl Scouts of Greater S. Texas
- Instructional Designer, NexLearn Immersive Learning Technology
- Trial Attorney, U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Immigration
- Senior Defense Research Analyst for Booz Allen Hamilton
- Senior Counsel for Jacam Chemicals; General Counsel at Genzada Pharmaceuticals
- District Attorney, Sedgwick County
- Special Agent for the FBI
- Copywriter and Community Manager at Paint Nite
- Rare Book Dealer & Contract Book Designer
- Archivist, Meadville Lombard Theological School
- Licensed Professional Counselor
- Front End Engineer at Craftsy.com
- Courseware Writer/Editor for Computer Training Systems
- Payroll Coordinator for Conifer Health Solutions
- English Teacher, Goddard High School, KS
- English and Literature teacher, St. Mary's Middle School, Derby, KS
- English Teacher, Wichita Southeast High School
- Special Education Teacher, Heights High School
- Seventh Grade Language Arts Teacher at Hadley Middle School, KS
- Teachers of English in Taiwan and Korea
- Math Teacher, El Dorado High School, Placentia, CA
- Pursuing Doctoral degree at University of Houston, Texas
- Pursuing M.A. in Speech Pathology, WSU
- Social Worker, USD 259
- Owner, My Pie Pizza restaurants, Omaha/Lincoln NE; Managing member atPathfinder Restaurant Management, LLC
- PT Clinical Education & Admissions, College of Health Professions Physical Therapy, WSUupdated January 2017
Our English students have the opportunity to gain real-world experience by interning in the Wichita community. This allows you to gain experience in advertising/copywriting, teaching English, and marketing.
Get Involved on Campus
One of the best ways to find success during your college career is to get involved in campus clubs and organizations. Students are encouraged join the Communications Club and work for The Vantage, the student newspaper. These organizations allow for personal growth, networking, and future career success.
Current Job Openings Near Newman University
What can you do with an English degree? Just about anything! Find out where our English majors have found professional employment.
"[Our] professors are not only ridiculously good at what they do, but they care so much about their students... They will teach you to strengthen your writing and polish your editing, and under their guidance you will explore great literature from Gilgamesh to Joyce, from Homer to Plath. I’ve never been so excited to do homework in my life. You will also be well-prepared for whatever it is you want to do. If you want to write creatively, Dr. Dietrich will teach you exactly how to go about getting published. Dr. Crane pushes her students to publish literary papers in journals, helping us with research skills and in developing new insight into literature. Dr. Regan is full of information about grad school, if that’s where you’re heading, and all three of them have ideas and connections that can help you work in a myriad of other fields upon graduation."
Rebekah (Baldridge) Valentine, English and Philosophy double major, Class of 2013
"I chose the English program at Newman for many reasons but primarily because it offered something that I can employ in my career as well as my outside hobbies: ideas. I was not only invited to get creative with assignments--I was required to do so in a manner that shaped my thought process to fit outside the box. The faculty served as outstanding mentors and guides throughout my literary studies and they continue to inspire me even after graduation.”
Aaron Sullivan, English, Class of 2009
"There's this mindset pressed onto college students that their major needs to propel you straight into a stable and prestigious money-making career. But there are other things in this world besides money and while I'm not sure I think poets are the only individuals in this world who know truth, they certainly are able to give it to the masses better than others... In a way, we do have a duty. There are many individuals out there very well educated in the art of ignoring darker parts of society and human beings themselves. If they won't search them out themselves, I'll just have to write about them in words everyone can understand and won't be able to forget. ”
Emily Simon, English and History major, Class of 2014
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