Dr. Whitney Womack Smith addresses students in LLW class.  

English Studies Major

Bachelor of Arts in English Studies


A Bachelor of Arts with a major in English Studies prepares you to be a critical and creative reader, thinker, and writer. The American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) study “It Takes More Than a Major” (2013) reports that 93 percent of employers surveyed agreed that “a candidate’s demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than their undergraduate major.” The AAC&U also notes that employers in today’s global economy want students who demonstrate the ability to be creative and innovative.

The English Studies major focuses on the cultivation of these transferable skills that prepare students to pursue career opportunities and professional advancement in a variety of sectors, including:

  • writing and editing
  • publishing
  • media
  • market research
  • advertising
  • libraries
  • non-profit organizations
  • public service
  • education
  • government
  • business
  • law

The degree will also prepare you for graduate and professional programs.

Relationship to Oxford-Based Majors

The English Studies major is broader than the specialized Oxford majors in Literature, Creative Writing, Professional Writing, and Linguistics. These Oxford majors require you to choose your path early in your academic careers. English Studies, however, incorporates courses from all of the different areas of the study of English and allows for more exploration. It also includes a course focused on how English Studies applies to multiple professions, helping you translate their skills into the modern workplace.

Faculty Resources

We have a robust group of 19 English Studies faculty in the new regional Department of Languages, Literatures, and Writing. We have expertise in all areas of English Studies. Our faculty members are also heavily involved in related interdisciplinary fields (American Studies, Asian American Studies, Black World Studies, Latin American Studies, Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies).

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze complex texts within their social, historical, and political contexts using the technique of close reading.
  • Demonstrate in writing their ability to evaluate, synthesize, and cite information and ideas from sources and modes of inquiry typically used in the discipline or in professions.
  • Communicate effectively in multiple genres with attention to the needs of multiple audiences and contexts.

Curriculum Overview

Curriculum requirements are available at Miami University's General Bulletin website.

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