Bachelor of Arts in English

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Harness your fervor for literature and open your world to new perspectives, ideas and career possibilities. As an English major at Brenau, you’ll learn how to think critically, communicate clearly and collaborate effectively. Your professors will work closely with you to broaden your worldview and enhance your writing skills, so you can thrive in a wide range of industries. While you’re earning your degree, you will have the flexibility and opportunity to pursue a minor or a second major, expanding both your learning and career options.

Duration: 8 semesters
Start term: Fall
Class type: On-ground
Location: Gainesville

Student opportunities

  • Take foundational courses including nonfiction writing, language studies, creative writing, Asian and African literature, Women’s literary studies and more
  • Pursue a creative writing concentration or creative writing minor and be eligible for the Dorothy Chaney Schrader endowed scholarship your senior year
  • Explore questions that have challenged and intrigued readers in texts across literary traditions
  • Participate in cross-disciplinary learning through texts that touch on politics, religion, philosophy and history 
  • Enhance your international and cultural competency by reading literature from diverse cultures and underrepresented voices
  • Adapt to evolving media by understanding how to critically read digital and visual texts
  • Join Sigma Tau Delta and present your creative and analytical work at their national conference 
  • Submit your creative writing to The Elixir, Brenau’s student-produced literature and arts magazine, or join the editorial team
  • Carve out a personal area of scholarship with a critical or creative senior thesis
  • Gain specialized knowledge through an internship in your potential career field

Potential careers

  • Content developer
  • Communications coordinator
  • Copywriter 
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Language arts/English teacher
  • Librarian
  • Grant writer
  • Marketing content specialist
  • Novelist
  • Playwright
  • Poet
  • Public relations specialist
  • Publisher
  • Reporter
  • Screenwriter
  • Speechwriter
  • Technical writer

The Elixir 

Regardless of their major, Brenau students have the opportunity to showcase their work in creative writing and the visual arts in The Elixir, the university’s annual published literature and arts magazine. Students are welcome to submit more than one piece with written submissions no longer than 1,000 words. All writers and artists retain their copyrights. 

2020-2021 Elixir

Have questions?

Contact Kathryn Locey, Humanities Department chair and English program director, at or 770-534-6184.

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