Why Choose English?
FSU's English major provides students with in-depth opportunities to develop and refine their communication skills, to develop critical thinking and analytic skills, and to write in different styles for different purposes and audiences. The English major also leads students to explore a wide variety of cultures, perspectives, and human dynamics through the study of literature.
The English major is taught by a large and outstanding group of faculty. They include award-winning 'master teachers,' published and award-winning authors, and faculty who bring experience in writing for business and industry. Some of the faculty are recipients of the coveted Fulbright Fellowship and have taught in universities abroad. Many faculty work closely with students throughout their undergraduate careers, and they mentor students in undergraduate research, or special projects.
The English major prepares students for a wide array of career opportunities. Many English majors enter the workplace immediately after graduation, working in business, publications, industry, public service, government, teaching, or the communication field. Their strong communication and analytical skills allow them to be flexible, adaptable, prepared to perform, and (once they have learned their employer's particular culture and business) able to advance into management and leadership positions. Other students go on to advanced study, and an English major is excellent preparation for graduate or professional study in such fields as law, business, education, or a variety of liberal arts disciplines.
First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT reading and mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Freshmen must have at least an ACT subscore of 18 in English. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.5 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT scores for admission review.
In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English, students in the program must have a 2.5 overall GPA and must earn at least a "C" in program course work, and minimum B- in English 150 and English 250. Students must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours including the English major, the B.A. core, an academic minor in another field of study, and all general education requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree. Seniors are required to assemble and submit a portfolio of writing and orally present one paper to the English B.A. Committee.
Deparment of Languages and Literature
Ferris State University
Dr. Christine Persak
820 Campus Drive/ASC 3054
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2225