What will I learn?

No English course except for ENGL 201 may double-count toward a major and minor in English, or toward a double major in English. This limitation does not apply to interdisciplinary or certificate programs. Substitutions for required courses may be granted by permission of the English department chair or designee.

(39 credits required)

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding of the methods and structures of several literary genres. In the realm of fiction, students should be able to construct believable and engaging characters, settings, dialogue, and theme. Students should also be able to match form with function. In the realm of poetry, students should be able to construct vivid imagery and theme, and select interesting and engaging language. Students should also be able to match form with function.
  • The ability to generate vivid imagery - both physical description and figurative language - which contributes structurally to their work and helps to create an imaginative experience for their readers.
  • Understanding of and ability to use skillfully voice, tone, and diction appropriate to the subject matter and goal of each piece.
  • A clear and correct sense of the mechanics of written English (grammar, syntax, punctuation, spelling). Students should also demonstrate understanding of when to use standard English and when and how to use dialect, informal language or slang, whether in the narrative voice or in dialogue.
  • Fluency in invention and skill in revision - a sense of methods for getting started when they're not inspired and a sense of how to self-critique, receive critique from colleagues, and revise.
  • The ability to make tactful and technically skillful contributions to the workshop process to aid fellow writers in evaluation and revision.
  • Experience reading a range of literary texts in different genres.

Principles of Academic Program Assessment

  • The goal of assessment is to further a culture of student learning at SVSU; assessment measures are employed to help achieve that goal.
  • The emphasis of assessment is on program evaluation to improve student learning.
  • Departments/Programs define their own program goals and determine how they are to be addressed; the Academic Program Assessment Advisory Board facilitates the process.
  • For assessment to be effective, results of assessment activities must be used to further develop programs.
  • Assessment results are used in decisions regarding resource allocations.

What can I do with this degree?

The strong writing and critical thinking skills you develop as English major are attractive to many different types of employers.

  • Writing and Editing
  • Education
  • Publishing
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Business
  • Law
  • Helpful Advice

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 124 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$23,599.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

26 August 2019, 13 January 2020, 31 August 2020


College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences

7400 Bay Road,



48710, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Freshman admission is based on: Your academic performance in high school; Your ACT or SAT results; your leadership, talents, conduct, and extra-curricular activities. We strongly recommend high school students take a rigorous college preparatory curriculum prior to enrolling at SVSU. The primary core includes: 4 years of English; 3 years of mathematics (through second year algebra); 3 years of natural sciences (at least two years of biology, chemistry, or physics); 3 years of social sciences; 2 years of the same foreign language.

For international students

Students must have an Official high school transcript.

English language requirement: TOEFL (iBT) - 61, IELTS - 5.5, PTE - 45, ELS Certificate – 110, Education First – B2

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About this uni

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  • Partial scholarships available for international students
  • Over 90 different programs to choose from
  • 95% placement rate for graduates