English Pre-Major

The discipline of English is more than just the language we speak every day. While it is difficult to define English (because of its becoming an increasingly fragmented field of study), the English pre-major at SWIC can best be described as a discipline that prepares students for a more advanced study of linguistics, rhetoric and composition, creative writing, literature and literary criticism, cultural studies, English education, and professional writing and communications. Courses in English are designed to help students become more sophisticated and knowledgeable critical readers of written, oral and visual texts, as well as to help students produce more sophisticated written, oral, and visual texts of their own.

For more information on the English program, please contact Chantay White-Williams at 618-235-2700, ext. 5065 or chantay.white-williams@swic.edu.

Educational Program

Refer to the suggested curriculum, the English Course Placement Sequence listed in the printed or online  college catalog and the graduation requirements as a guide for completing this program. 

Career Opportunities

Because of the discipline's emphasis on critical thinking and reasoning and on achieving a level of sophistication and knowledge in both the reading and writing of texts, English majors are ideal candidates for the following jobs:

  • Elementary and Secondary Teacher
  • Editor/Writer
  • Journalist/Fact Checker
  • Technical Writer
  • Marketing/Advertising/Sales
  • Communications Specialist
  • Non-Profit/Community Organization
  • Customer Service

In addition, an English major/minor can be an ideal way to help prepare for graduate programs in the humanities or social sciences as well as law school.

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