Our Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in English offers a comprehensive curriculum that spans traditional and contemporary literary studies, critical analysis, and creative writing. Whether you're passionate about becoming a literature expert or aspire to teach English, our program provides a robust foundation to build your career. With tailored paths for those interested in teacher licensure in the state of Mississippi, our program ensures that all graduates are well-prepared for their future endeavors.

English majors desiring teacher licensure must (1) complete all professional requirements mandated by the State of Mississippi certification standards; (2) complete a minor in education, and (3) be advised by the Department of Language and Literature and by the School of Education.

Program Overview


Our English major requires the completion of 42 hours in English coursework, to fulfill the requirements for graduation, students must accumulate a minimum of 120 credit hours. This includes a rich selection of courses ranging from foundational English compositions and literature surveys to advanced seminars in specialized topics. For students pursuing teacher licensure, additional professional requirements and a minor in education are necessary, adhering to the State of Mississippi's certification standards. Our structured curriculum is designed to guide students through their literary journey, culminating in an English exit exam before graduation.

Applicant Prerequisites & Requirements

Prospective students must:

Meet all undergraduate admissions requirements of the University

Complete an online application & pay application fee

Submit official transcripts via eScript or mailed from the institution

Career Outlooks

Graduates of our English program embark on a variety of promising career paths. With a solid grounding in analytical thinking, communication skills, and a broad understanding of cultural and literary texts, opportunities abound in publishing, journalism, education, and beyond. For those pursuing teacher licensure, the program provides all necessary preparation to meet Mississippi's certification standards, opening doors to rewarding teaching positions in the state. Whether you're aiming to inspire minds in the classroom or contribute to the literary world, our program equips you with the skills and knowledge for a successful career.

Find Your Calling

Embark on a journey to discover your passion and purpose at William Carey University. Here, education goes beyond textbooks, blending innovation, faith, and learning to prepare you for not just a career, but a calling.