Department of English

O'Dowd Hall, Room 544
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-2250
fax: (248) 370-4429

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English, B.A.

By majoring in English, students can enhance appreciation of literary masterpieces, gain critical understanding of imaginative writing and develop sensitivity to the uses of language while developing skills in analysis, research and communication. Such knowledge enriches all aspects of life, while such skills prepare students for careers in law, business, publishing, medical professions, library science, journalism, government and education.

The English curriculum is flexible; by seeking regular departmental advice, English students can plan a program leading to many different professional and academic goals. The Department encourages its students to balance their programs with such concentrations as American studies, environmental studies, film aesthetics and history, women’s studies and computer science, or minors in linguistics, journalism, theatre arts, general business, modern languages and other related fields. Majors from other university programs are welcome in English courses, many of which have no prerequisites.
English Honor
Society
Sigma Tau Delta

Interested in great opportunities like scholarships, internships, and chances to be published in a national journal? Looking for writing groups or people with whom you can discuss the latest books or true classics? Want to spread your love for literature to the rest of Oakland University's campus? Then start thinking about Sigma Tau Delta at Oakland University!

Sigma Tau Delta's central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature.

One of the largest members of the Association of College Honor Societies, Sigma Tau Delta has close to 600 chapters, 700 faculty sponsors, and inducts approximately 7,000 members annually. Our members have the opportunity to be recognized for their outstanding achievements, enrich their education, help them make career choices, and advance their careers.

— From the International Sigma Tau Delta website English.org

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What We Do

Members of Sigma Tau Delta and English Club at Oakland University share a common passion in literature and writing. Are you interested in literature and writing, but not exactly sure if Sigma is right for you?

As a member of Sigma, you will be eligible for:

Special scholarships and internships

  • Chances to be published in the national Sigma Tau Delta literary magazine, The Rectangle.
  • Recognition in the English Department of Oakland University.
  • Cords for Graduation
  • Resume Builder!
  • and many other opportunities!

Oakland University's Chapter involvement

  • Put on game nights for members to socialize
  • Provide literary related events
  • Allow English Majors or Minors to meet others
  • Allow you to get involved on your campus and in your community!

 

Membership

Current and prospective members of Sigma Tau Delta must meet the following criteria, as set by the Sigma Tau Delta Handbook:

  1. Be enrolled as an English major or minor;
  2. Have completed a minimum of two courses in English Language or Literature beyond the Freshman requirements;
  3. Hold a minimum cumulative grade of B (or 3.3) in English courses;
  4. Have obtained a ranking in the highest thirty-five percent in their classes in general scholarship;
  5. Have completed at least three semesters of college coursework

Current and prospective members of the OU English Club must share an active interest in English Literature.

We ask that all active members of Sigma Tau Delta and the English Club must commit themselves to at least two scheduled events per semester. Please check the calendar in GrizzOrgs for upcoming events.

 

Careers

If you are considering a major in English you are probably attracted to the program because you enjoy literature, the study of language and writing. You may wonder, however, whether English is a practical field of study. What future prospects does it open to you? There are, in fact, many jobs for which a student with an undergraduate English major may qualify.

Here are some career possibilities for which you can prepare as an English major at Oakland University. Note that you can supplement your major with courses, concentrations and minors in other fields (described to you) to gain useful and versatile preprofessional skills.

Advertising

Students who are interested in an advertising career should consider the possibility of combining an English major with courses in film, the visual arts, journalism, psychology and business administration. Take several writing courses, and concentrate on developing imagination through literature and the arts.

 

Business

An English major with a concentration in Computer and Information Science or Management gives students a humanistic background and practical knowledge and makes it possible to apply for entry level positions in business and industry. Business executives tell us they need this combination. With the CIS or Management concentrations, English courses in analytical and persuasive writing and business and technical writing are essential.

 

Community Services

Opportunities in human service are increasing. Jobs are available, for example, in senior citizen projects, in community education programs and in local library outreach programs. An English major with emphasis on writing and a concentration in social services (including some courses in gerontology) should offer preprofessional training for community service. For work with children, speech and drama courses are particularly useful. Insights gained from the study of literature provide valuable perspectives for people working in all kinds of service occupations. If you are considering a college major in English you are probably attracted to the program because you enjoy literature, the study of language and writing. You may wonder, however, whether English is a practical field of study. What future prospects does it open to you? There are, in fact, many jobs for which a student with an undergraduate English major may qualify. Here are some career possibilities for which you can prepare as an English major at Oakland University. Note that you can supplement your major with courses, concentrations and minors in other fields (described to you) to gain useful and versatile preprofessional skills.

 

Law and Government

Although law schools require no specific combination of undergraduate courses, a major in English has traditionally provided access to legal careers because of the analytical, verbal, and research skills literary study develops. Pre-law students should supplement the major program with courses in philosophy (especially logic), political science and history. Students interested in a variety of federal, state or local governmental careers will find English a useful area of study. They should choose courses in writing - especially advanced and business writing. Oakland University offers concentrations in American studies and in public administration, as well as a Pre-Law concentration to help students prepare for careers in law and government.

 

Teaching

Students who wish to teach at the high school, college or university level should consult with a departmental adviser on effective curricular programs to prepare them for this field.

 

The Arts

Students interested in the fine arts, especially theatre and film, can supplement the English major with a minor in theatre or a concentration in film. They should consider the business aspects of the arts (scheduling, promotion and publicity) as well as performance among their career options.

 

Writing, Publishing and Journalism

A traditionally popular career choice for English majors has been publishing work in a variety of forms: technical and professional writing for business and industry; magazine or newspaper writing and editing; editorial work for book publishers; and publications work for many businesses, hospitals, and public and private institutions which use newsletters, pamphlets or journals to communicate with employees and the public. Careers in book sales and marketing also appeal to people who want to connect their interests in literature with job possibilities. Students considering such careers should read widely, take some advanced writing courses, and try to gain some writing experience working for university publications. Courses in accounting and management can provide useful background while experience with the visual arts improves employment opportunities.