School of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences

B.A. English

Mission & Core Values

Three primary educational goals underlie the English major. Graduates will be able to demonstrate their grasp of:

  1. Critical practices, or the ability to carefully read, analyze, interpret and write about texts from a wide range of genres, historical eras, theoretical paradigms and cultural contexts;
  2. Disciplinary knowledge, conceived as the intellectual richness, evolution and diversity of literatures in English from different periods, technologies and geographical areas;
  3. Writing skills, or the ability to write with clarity, grace, economy of expression and persuasiveness.

Holistic Learning

The English Department hosts an excellent array of nationally and internationally-known writers over the course of the year via the Phoenix Reading Series. The annual Phoenix Festival includes a writing competition for local high school students and High Point University students. All participants engage in a workshop with one of our acclaimed visiting writers.

Why should I major in English at HPU?

  • HPU English graduates reflect the national trend in being suited for a variety of careers. Their critical thinking and communication skills enable them to advance in a variety of fields. Students obtain the meta-skills necessary to learn how to learn and how to adapt to a world characterized by constant change.
  • Twenty-first century professions demand a more sophisticated understanding of texts and the contexts that produce them. Work in English prepares students to become creative thinkers and communicators who can thrive in this global information economy.
  • Students may choose an emphasis in either literature or writing, but all classes emphasize the research and evaluation of information, ethical practice and the human connection achieved through reading and writing.

What can I do with this major?

HPU alumni with degrees in English currently have careers as:

  • Project managers
  • Producers
  • Professors of English
  • Account executives
  • Editors
  • Communication and marketing managers
  • Copywriters
  • Junior brand writers


English majors can gain valuable publishing experience by editing and producing Apogee, the English department’s literary magazine. Apogee publishes fiction, poetry, personal essays and art from emergent and established writers and artists.



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