English, as a disciplinary study, involves various aspects of the written, spoken, and presented word, as well as its history and evolving nature, an overview of past and current theories on the value and use of English, and practical and creative applications of the language in its proper use.
In order to pursue English, it is recommended to have a firm foundation in Writing, Social Studies, and Literature.
A standard U.S. Bachelor of Arts degree in English is formatted as a four-year program.
As a field of study, English offers a wide range of electives and co-disciplines that directly relate to its pursuit. These disciplines represent courses that can be taken as part of an English degree. They vary from college to college but often include a range of creative and communications-based courses.
The requirements for beginning a Bachelor of Arts in English are varied but in general they include the following:
1)A high school diploma or the equivalent.
2)This is to include standardized English courses as well as passing marks in generalized subjects including multiple years of maths, sciences, history, and language arts.
3)Each higher education institution will have specific requirements for these English levels.
4)Scores representative of a U.S. standardized test such as the SAT or ACT.
5)Other representative items such as entrance essays.
This degree, once begun, in standard form consists of 120 completed credit hours over the four year term, both in core classes and in related/elective courses.
Once enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts in English program, students will then have a new set of core classes to complete in order to earn their general degree. These will focus on English studies and may relate to any aspect of it, whether pedantic, creative, history-based, strictly literary, or in other practical areas of study that overlap, such as communications, journalism, and education.
A standard English degree will also allow for electives. These are courses that are not part of the English core but are required for the broader degree. Math, science, and other firm studies will be included here.
Job prospects for English degree holders depend largely on the desired field of entry. Many graduates with this degree go on to pursue academia either directly (through teaching) or enter fields such as publishing. Job prospects for English degree holders are typically considered to be relatively sparse in the U.S.