The Bachelor of Arts with a major in English provides accessible and life-changing education through literature, theory, and writing courses that establish a foundation and then deepen nuanced knowledge of and abilities in English studies. The English degree is offered as a residential degree with many remote options and is known for its small class sizes and pedagogical approaches. The program offers degree-tracks in teaching certification, non-certification literature studies, and non-certification writing concentration studies. In addition to its dynamic coursework, the program offers various professional and academic development opportunities for Sul Ross State University students and their communities at all campuses, including research mentorships, development of marketable skills through participation in Student Publications, membership in academic communities such as Sigma Tau Delta, and the development of academic and professional excellence through community-building via campus summits, research conferences, and capstone activities. Our undergraduate students are taught by faculty with doctorates encompassing research interests from cultural studies to literatures of the border, from creative writing to environmental studies. Housed on campuses in the beautiful Chihuahua Desert and middle Rio Grande landscapes, the program, whether residential or online, offers an academic community that encourages knowledge-building and service-learning in the pursuit of a degree that represents varied and excellent learning achievements.
The Bachelor of Arts degree with an English major can be used as the basis for teaching certification in language arts; as a means for entering graduate studies in the fields of language and literature; or as a pre-professional degree to enter studies in law, medicine and other professions.
Students seeking a minor in English complete at least 18 credit hours of English courses, excluding 1000 level courses. Students must also take a minimum of 12 semester credit hours of advanced SRSU English coursework.
A Master of Arts in English meets the needs of students who wish to teach at the high school and community college levels; students who wish to pursue a Ph.D. in English; and students who desire to specialize in creative writing. A variety of options is available to assist students in achieving their objectives including a thesis option in literature or writing, a coursework option, and the major/minor program option.
The MA in English is an online curriculum designed to provide advanced study in literature, creative writing, theory, cultural studies, and pedagogies, among others. Our students prepare to enter teaching fields in dual-credit environments and community colleges, as well as to transition to doctoral programs. Enjoying both asynchronous and synchronous online classroom environments, our graduates leave the program with an advanced scholarly understanding of the nuances of literature, writing, and theory. We prepare students throughout the program to tailor studies toward their ultimate post-graduate goals, be it in teaching, writing, and/or continued scholarship via assistantship opportunities, research and publication mentorships, and writing, editing, presentation, and publication experiences. Our program brings the beauty and creative inspiration found in the Chihuahua Desert and middle Rio Grande landscapes to our online student environment.
Alpine Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Dr. Laura Payne
RGC Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Dr. Sally Roche
Graduate MA Program Director & Advisor