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English Major and Minor

The English degree program at Seaver College allows students to examine humanity in all its intellectual, ethical, spiritual, and emotional complexity through literary analysis and intensive writing. Students of literature and composition learn the power of words, as well as how the right words can shape and influence select situations. This heightened awareness of language is what distinguishes our students, equipping them with a skill set that translates to a world of possibilities.

English Degree

Our small English classes allow students to interact regularly with faculty. Enriched by a constant practice of reading and writing, students shape their major by choosing one of three areas in which to concentrate: literature, writing, or education.

In all concentrations, English majors sharpen their writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills in preparation for their chosen career paths.

  • Literature: Students focus on the development of the American and British literary traditions.
  • Writing: Students focus on rhetoric and the composition process.
  • Education: Students prepare to teach English at the secondary level and receive their certification upon completion of their degree.

English Minors

  • Minor in English Literature: Students who minor in English literature focus on the development of the American and British literary traditions.
  • Minor in Writing: Students who minor in writing demonstrate an expertise in the written word. 

Student Opportunities

Careers

Careers with an English degree include:

Business/Marketing

  • advertising/brand manager
  • commerce journalist
  • digital/marketing strategist
  • marketing manager/director
  • sales account manager

Education

  • curriculum developer
  • librarian
  • professor
  • teacher
  • school administrator

Film and television

  • archivist
  • film editor
  • screenwriter
  • stage designer

Fine Arts

  • art conservator
  • art director
  • curator
  • set designer

Health

  • hospital director
  • medical interpreter
  • school counselor

Legal

  • attorney
  • court interpreter
  • judge
  • paralegal
  • stenographer

Media

  • media buyer
  • new media specialist
  • social media manager

Non-profit

  • executive/program director

Government

  • ambassador
  • FBI analyst
  • interpreter
  • speech writer

Publishing

  • journalist
  • managing editor
  • translator

Religion

  • pastor
  • youth minister
  • missionary
  • parachurch leader

Technology

  • IT project manager
  • technical recruiter
  • technical writer

Internships

Our English majors have a variety of venues for putting their education into practice. Students who distinguish themselves have the opportunity to work in the Writing Center as paid tutors. Payson Library offers internships in research, classroom presentation, and document development. Numerous off-campus internships are available in business, media, non-profit organizations, and publishing companies.

Christianity and Literature, a journal devoted to the scholarly exploration of how literature engages Christian thought, is based in the Humanities and Teacher Education division. Editorial internships in the journal office are available to English majors.

Divisional Scholarships


The Humanities and Teacher Education Division has a small scholarship fund for students.

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Available Job Opportunities

Often students who love to write and read great literature ask, "what can I do with an English degree?" The answer is, just about anything. The English major is ideal for those who want to attend law school, love literature and wish to teach it at the high school level, or plan to pursue careers in business, medicine, politics, and government service. See our list of distinguished alumni for examples of possible career paths.

Requirements for Admission to Graduate School

Students who wish to attend graduate school or to pursue post-baccalaureate study, such as a Fulbright, should begin preparing as soon as possible in their academic career. Those wishing to attend graduate school should discuss the application procedure with English department faculty. English majors should have a grade point average of at least 3.3, consider applying to several colleges and universities, and plan to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), both general and subject matter portions, no later than October of the senior year.

Visiting Writers

Each year our students meet and talk with nationally known writers who offer experience and insight. Visiting writers have included:

  • Maya Angelou
  • Robert Bly
  • Carlos Fuentes
  • Dana Gioia
  • Jorie Graham
  • Donald Hall
  • Kathleen Norris
  • Kay Ryan
  • Luci Shaw
  • W. D. Snodgrass
  • Tobias Wolff

Sigma Tau Delta

Pepperdine University shelters the Eta Psi chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society. Membership for students and faculty is based on recognition of excellence in scholarship and creativity. The Pepperdine chapter sponsors activities related to the creative interests, scholarly and professional concerns, and service commitments of English majors. Students have the opportunity to submit creative writing and essays to the society's two journals.

Student Testimonials

Possible Minors

Women's Studies Minor

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Our women's studies minor helps students reshape their thinking about culture and societies. We offer feminist perspectives that uncover the dynamics of both the masculine and feminine genders.

Ethnic Studies Minor

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Our ethnic studies minor focuses on the historical experiences, creative expression, and interactions of the various ethnic, racial, religious, and linguistic groups in the United States and other countries.

African American Studies Minor

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We offer an interdisciplinary African American studies minor that provides students with a critical understanding of the historical, social, and political thoughts and experiences of African Americans.