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The English program at ASU’s West campus examines the issues of class, gender, race, & ethnicity. Students will not only enhance their writing skills, but will gain a stronger ability to think critically and speak clearly, preparing them for careers in teaching, law, business, marketing, politics.

The English program at ASU's West campus uses literary works to examine issues of class, gender, race and ethnicity. You enhance your writing skills and improve critical thinking skills, in preparation for a variety of careers.

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Students in the BA program in English learn how to write clearly and effectively, to think critically and to construct well-supported arguments.

The program stresses the formal aesthetic qualities of texts and the issues of class, gender, race and ethnicity relating to literary representation. Students gain a familiarity with standard literary-critical terminology and an awareness of various theoretical approaches to literary study. Students also become aware of uses of the English language in the U.S. and around the world.

The program provides students with a balanced overview of major literature in the English language and an awareness of the role of literary discourse in broader social and historical contexts.

At A Glance

English, BA

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Career outlook

Upon completion, students are prepared for graduate study; for professional training in law, business, teaching and public policy; and for careers in marketing, public relations, government, diplomacy and community work, among others.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Copy Writers7.6%$61,820
Editors-1.4%$58,770
Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers7.6%$61,820
Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors-5.1%$52,100
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Marketing Managers 10.1%$132,230
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$57,720
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers 10.4%$111,280
Public Relations Specialists 8.8%$59,300
Technical Writers 11%$70,930

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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