Bachelor of Arts
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About English

Few majors prepare students as well as an English major for such a wide range of careers. With a comprehensive curriculum, students read literature, watch films, write fiction and journalism, and even analyze video games. The English Department’s faculty exposes students to a variety of cultures that have shaped written expression over past centuries.  

English classes are typically small in size, allowing for personal interactions with top-notch faculty. Students who major in English at Rutgers University–Camden learn how to think critically, read actively, and write persuasively. Recent surveys indicate that majoring in English gives students a distinct advantage on the job market (“Why English Majors Are the Hot New Hires”). In addition to their coursework, Rutgers–Camden students studying English have the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom through the department’s innovative Writing and Design Lab, the Writers House reading series, and the Digital Studies Center. The department also encourages students to participate in civic engagement, study abroad, and other experiential learning activities that allow students to put theory into practice.

Sample Courses 

  • Critical Methods in English
  • The Art of Revision
  • Literature of Horror
  • Frontier Literature: Myth and Reality

Learning Objectives

Undergraduate studies in English at Rutgers University–Camden holds the mission of preparing students for the complex, changing, and globalized world of the twenty-first century by fostering in them the ability to:

  • Critically interpret and analyze a wide range of literary texts from various historical periods in the Anglo-American tradition as well as from other cultures
  • Develop the skills of textual analysis based on close reading and an understanding of the formal, aesthetic, and rhetorical properties of a literary work
  • Situate a text in its historical-cultural contexts.
  • Understand the major cultural, intellectual, and literary movements of the past and the ways in which they have shaped our present thinking
  • Communicate ideas cogently, articulately, and concisely in written, oral, visual, and digital presentations
  • Understand, analyze, synthesize, evaluate, and apply various forms of knowledge and diverse perspectives
  • Attain competence in research skills and tools
  • Acquire a broad awareness of various critical theories and approaches.

Think independently and creatively, while working with others of differing views
Related Programs and Degrees

The B.A./M.A. Dual Degree Program permits qualified students to take two Master's level English courses during the senior year. These courses will give students an appreciation for the critical dimensions, research, and rewards of graduate study. These courses are taken along with regular undergraduate courses and are billed at the undergraduate tuition rate. These courses count towards both undergraduate degree requirements and graduate degree requirements a key to advancing the English degree to many more possibilities. Find out more here!

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