The English major is designed to suit the needs of UW-Parkside's heterogeneous
population of traditional and non-traditional-aged students and their varied
career paths and goals. Often combined with other majors and minors, it can become
a valuable tool for students to achieve a traditional liberal education, helping
them acquire a broad view of human experience, a critical approach to cultural
traditions, and more complete self-understanding.
Each of its three concentrations, while offering a solid grounding in literature and communication skills, emphasizes a distinct area of expertise and understanding.
The Professional Writing Certificate
Degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking students who want to specialize in writing for career enhancement but do not intend to major or minor in English should consider the professional writing certificate, which consists of 15 credits.
The Film Studies Certificate
Offered through the English Department and Humanities Program, the film studies certificate allows students to obtain an interdisciplinary concentration in film studies. All students awarded the film studies certificate must demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the history of film across numerous cultures, genres, and movements, as well as the major features of film study and analysis. Additionally, students must complete 15 credit hours of course work in classes with a substantial film component, participate in the film studies certificate presentation/discussion, and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all film certificate courses.