The English major attracts students who are skilled, curious, creative, and interested in language and the search for truth. Because the major in English develops writing, speaking, reading, and analytical skills, students are prepared to succeed in a wide variety of professions. Students benefit from a curriculum that is comprehensive and richly diverse, including special topics courses designed and offered by the faculty each year.
Beginning in 2010-2011, English majors also have access to two new degree programs, the Fifth-Year M.A.T. (Master of Arts in Teaching) program and the Fifth-Year M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration) program.
The Bachelor of Arts in English requires students to complete at least 36 hours of English courses. In addition to the core English curriculum of 15 semester hours, students choose one of three concentrations:
Winthrop also offers 18-semester-hour minors in English and Writing, as well as many opportunities for creative writers. Students may also pursue a five-year MBA with undergraduate major in English, or a five-year MAT with undergraduate major in English.
English department faculty members combine a high level of knowledge of their specialty areas with a commitment to excellent teaching. Winthrop students have the opportunity to study with a diverse faculty within the Department. Among the awards won by faculty in the Department are Winthrop's Kinard Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Phi Kappa Phi Excellence in Teaching Award. Several members of the Department hold the title of Distinguished Professor. And English majors frequently present papers at a variety of undergraduate research venues, gaining valuable experience that translates both to the workplace and further graduate study.