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English Major and Minor

Program Overview

School: Seaver College
Location: Malibu

English Degree

The English major at Pepperdine University, with its focus on writing and rhetoric, literary study and criticism, and digital humanities, provides students with facility in the spoken and written word, a keen understanding of the power of language, and a more finely attuned moral and global awareness. Students who major in English possess the creativity and critical thinking skills sought by firms in media, technology, and business.

Emphasis in Education

The education emphasis is designed for students who wish to teach English in middle school or high school. In this integrated program, students work on their BA in English Education and their single subject teaching credential in English simultaneously. Since this is a subject matter-approved program, students do not need to take the CSET.

Emphasis in Literature

The literature emphasis in the English major is includes courses in British, American, and global literature; critical theory, and digital humanities. It is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in teaching high school, to complete a graduate degree in English, to prepare for law school or other professional schools, or to prepare for any career requiring analytical, research, or writing skill.

Emphasis in Writing and Rhetoric

The writing and rhetoric emphasis in the English major prepares students for a career in publishing or other writing-intensive fields as well as law school or a graduate degree in rhetoric or composition.

Quick Facts

  • 1Semester Internship
  • MalibuCampus Location
  • 14:1Student:Faculty Ratio

Student Opportunities


Careers with an English degree include:


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


  • 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


  • hospital director
  • medical interpreter
  • school counselor


  • attorney
  • court interpreter
  • judge
  • paralegal
  • stenographer


  • media buyer
  • new media specialist
  • social media manager


  • executive/program director


  • ambassador
  • FBI analyst
  • interpreter
  • speech writer


  • journalist
  • managing editor
  • translator


  • pastor
  • youth minister
  • missionary
  • parachurch leader


  • IT project manager
  • technical recruiter
  • technical writer


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. English Education majors pursuing their single subject teaching credential in English gain practical experience by completing about 750 clinical hours in classrooms over their four years at Seaver.

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.

 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


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Contact Us

Humanities & Teacher Education
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

P: 310.506.4225
F: 310.506.7307
Office: CAC 300

Stella Erbes
Divisional Dean
Associate Professor of Teacher Education

Genny Moore
Office Manager

Lee Jackson
Administrative Assistant

Terence Anderson
Technology Liaison