Q. Why should one choose to study English?
A. A degree in English is a versatile degree. Students learn to research, analyze, and interpret information; they become critical, innovative, and creative thinkers, better at communicating in different contexts. They learn to explore the written culture of the world around them, both past and present, and they also learn how words, texts and images are influenced by social factors such as technology, global politics, and cultural norms. It’s easy to see how a degree in English, which exposes students to numerous disciplines, is a stepping-stone to different areas of graduate study and the door to diverse career options.
Q. Why does the major feature two particular concentrations, Language and Literature, and Communication and New Media?
A. Although the major is English, we wanted to create a program that is relevant to today’s academic and professional realities. Nowadays, an English degree is much more than reading great authors or training to be a teacher. Both concentrations share a common core of English courses, and all courses are upgraded and modernized to make the program distinctive, fresh, and marketable. Students can choose to combine literature courses with media design, or strengthen their communication skills through courses in global marketing, e-politics, or writing for social change, depending on interest and specific career paths in mind. Here, in a nutshell, Shakespeare meets Facebook and language becomes image.
Q. What makes the ACT BA in English unique?
A. It offers a synthesis of traditional and contemporary course content. It provides students with vital knowledge in the subject areas of literature, social media & communication, gender, linguistics, and culture. All courses adopt a creative and analytical approach to learning, which enables students to operate more effectively in multicultural, interdisciplinary environments, both as individuals and future professionals. Small classes, superb facilities, international student body, experienced and dedicated faculty, make an ideal learning environment.
Q. What career options do English graduates have?
A. Companies today are seeking graduates with strong communication & writing skills, critical & creative thinking, and training in research and analysis. Analytical and communication skills sharpened through English study are transferable, that is, they’re useful in almost any occupation. Here are some indicative industries where graduates of ACT's BA in English, Communication & New Media can find future employment and make use of these skills:
- Media & Public Relations
- Business Communication
- Copywriting & Editing
- Content Creation
- Translation & Interpretation
- Language Teaching
- Libraries & Archives
The professional world awaits English majors!