BA in English

APU’s Bachelor of Arts in English equips students to make effective use of the written word. The skills that English majors learn—how to think, read, write, listen, and speak effectively—enable them to live successfully and contribute to society in all personal and professional endeavors. The English major provides a solid foundation in writing technique and linguistics, as well as world, British, and American literature, creative writing, significant authors, and the history of literary movements. English majors leave APU prepared to think critically and write compellingly.

What Can I Do with an English Major?

The skills you gain as an English major can set you up for a variety of career opportunities. These four high-paying jobs for English majors are just a few examples of what you can do with this degree.

The program also offers a concentration in English education, for those who wish to become middle school or high school English teachers in California.

Pathway from Education to Vocation

Download the English Major Brochure to learn more about APU’s pathway from education to vocation, including graduate school and career opportunities.

Is This Major Right for You?

You’re an English major if you:

  • Enjoy reading, writing, and communicating.
  • Enjoy the creative process.
  • Want to gain expertise that is in demand and applicable to many fields.
  • Are asked to proofread friends’ papers.
  • Love reading, and books are your constant companions.
  • Would like to write novels, screenplays, or poems.
  • Enjoy analyzing literature.
  • Use language to reveal emotion and improve reason.

Learn more about this major.

The Department of English professors want to mold students into better writers, readers, and interpreters. I have learned how to formulate and articulate my ideas better than ever because of the assistance from my professors and the level of excellence they expect from APU students. My favorite thing about being an English major at APU is discovering the relevance between literature and Christianity.

Kaylee Hunter ’14

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.