Bachelor of Arts

Whether you’re looking for an entry-level career or you want to pursue an advanced degree, a BA in English from Bemidji State will have you prepared.

Your study for the BA in English will be an immersion in reading. You will journey through time in survey classes such as American Literature. In topics courses such as “The American Short Story” and “Romantic and Victorian British Literature,” you will submerge yourself in the literature and lives of influential writers.

You will learn to understand movies as literature in courses such as “American Film” and “Women in Film,” and in Literary Criticism you will learn how “good writing” has changed over time. The course “Linguistics” will delve into the radical changes involved in the evolution of the English language.

In the course of your studies, you will select an area of concentration, either in additional literature or writing courses, related courses in language, history, philosophy or cultural studies, or in a minor of your choosing. A minor helps prepare you for work in related fields, such as mass communication, technical studies, art or the sciences.

After You Graduate

You BA in English prepares you for work that requires critical thinking, editing and writing skills. The US Department of Labor Statistics predicts a 10 to 20 percent increase in the opportunities for writers and editors over the next 10 years. These positions are traditionally held by graduates with the BA in English. This degree also prepares you for graduate study in the many specific fields within literature and writing.