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Department of English

Kutztown University's English Department proudly offers a wide range of degree programs to serve undergraduate and graduate students with diverse career interests. If you are interested in writing for a newspaper or magazine, teaching high school English, studying literature at an advanced level, creating content for websites, editing for publishing companies, writing for public relations, producing technical documents, strengthening your skills in written argument and research, laying a foundation for a legal career, or earning a master's degree in English, Kutztown's English Department can provide the foundations you need to achieve your career goal.

Our students select from robust offerings in literature, film, journalism, composition and rhetoric, public relations, business and technical writing, creative writing, cultural studies, and digital media.  Our program encourages students to think critically about diverse texts and communicate clearly in a variety of forms. In addition to working closely with our faculty in small classes, students can participate in opportunities such as pre-professional internships, a range of publications that include the student newspaper and the international Journal of Dracula Studies, and various clubs and activities.

Please explore our different degree options and areas of study below. If you have any questions about becoming an English major, picking up one of our minors, or taking some of our classes, please email our Department Chairperson, Dr. Andy Vogel, or visit us in Lytle Hall 132.

Bachelor of Arts Degrees

Minors
The English Department offers and supports several complementary minors that can be easily incorporated into a traditional four-year course of study:

Graduate Programs
The Master of Arts (M.A.) in English offers students opportunities to advance their studies in Literature, Composition/Rhetoric, and Professional Writing. Some M.A. students are already full-time teachers who want to further their education to improve their teaching and promotion possibilities, and some see this program as a step toward their goal of enrolling in a Ph.D. program or teaching at community colleges and universities.

Related Degrees
The Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education/English provides students with thorough training in literature and composition, concluding with a semester of student teaching. Students emerge with Pennsylvania teacher certification, which is highly regarded and qualifies them to teach in a middle, junior high, or senior high school.