The English Department offers three different tracks. Although students working
in one track often take courses with students working in another, courses in
each track are designed to provide training in specific areas and to guide students
to particular professional goals.
Liberal Arts: Traditionally, the Liberal Arts training in
reading, analytic, and writing skills has enabled students to go on to Ivy League,
public, and private graduate andlaw schools. La Salle's English Department has
been recognized as one of the foremost in the nation for graduates earning doctoral
degrees. This track also serves students looking for good jobs after graduation;
graduates use their communication skills in jobs in government, business, and
Writing: If you are interested in writing, this program combines
a good liberal arts background in literature with an opportunity to take specialized
writing courses in creative writing (fiction, poetry, playwriting), journalism,
business writing, professional writing, scientific and technical writing, and
editing and publishing. If you have talent and discipline, publishing, professional
writers will give you guidance and encouragement. Individual conferences are
an important part of the program.
English-Education: This is a highly specialized and demanding
program for those interested in secondary school teaching. It is actually a
dual major, requiring forty-eight credits in English and thirty-three credits
in Education. Students who choose this track should be seriously dedicated to
a teaching career.