The field of study curriculum in English transfers as a block leading to an English minor, Bachelor of Arts in General Studies, or a Bachelor of Arts in English.

The flexible structure of this field of study provides students an opportunity to explore their own interest in either Literature or Creative Writing, while also providing a firm foundation towards the completion of a minor or major in English.

The course load allows students to complete their minor or major at a four year institution and have the required number of courses within a teaching discipline (which according to TEA regulations must Include 24 credit hours in their teaching discipline to qualify for a teaching position).

Students can find employment as technical writers, editor, or teachers, and their communication and analytical skills will make them marketable in today's competitive job market.

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Andreasen, Dr. Liana landreas 956-872-7268 Pecan J 3.1404
Andreasen, Robin rpandrea 956-872-6708 Pecan J 3.1210
Bell, Robin rbell 956-872-6429 Pecan M 213
Bocanegra, Evaristo ebocaneg 956-872-2142 Pecan J 3.1120
Brooks, Colleen cbedgar 956-872-8348 Pecan J 3.1216
Burks, Dr. Carolyn cgburks 956-447-6655 Mid-Valley G-248
Cantu, Dr. Dana dcantu 956-872-7267 Pecan J 3.1402
Cather, Darci dcather 956-872-6419 Pecan M 215
Chapa, Joshua jjchapa1 956-488-5829 Starr E 2.708
Chavarria, Isaac ichavarria 956-872-5613 Pecan P 2.149
Coronado, Richard coronado 956-872-2211 Pecan J 3.1104B
Etherington, Kimberlee kmetherington 956-872-2698 Pecan M 138
Fuschetto, Tom tomf 956-872-3487 Pecan J 3.1112
Garcia, Maricela mgarcia 956-872-1663 Pecan J 3.1212
Garcia, Mayra mgarcia_3894 956-488-5852 Starr  E 2.718
Garcia, Patrick pgarcia_5856 956-872-2272 Pecan  P 2.150
Garza, Erika emgarza 956-872-2270 Pecan  J 2.812-A
Guerra, Consuelo Hinojosa chinoj30 956-872-6433
Haske, Joseph jhaske 956-872-8352 Pecan J 3.1504
Hayden, Carissa chayden 956-872-6757 Pecan J 3.1320
Herrera, Silvia seherrera 956-872-2279 Pecan PB-29B
Jones, Jonathan jjones 956-973-7614 Mid-Valley G 230
Knecht, Jennifer jknecht 956-872-2114 Pecan J 2.1016
Martin, Helen hmartin_6451 956-872-5603 Pecan  PB 19B-E
Martinez, Rene jrenemtz 956-872-2617 Pecan J 3.1406
Masilamony, Dr. Eva evamasil 956-447-6646 Mid-Valley G 247
Mendoza, Daniel dmmendoza 956-872-5611 Pecan J 3.1308
Millan, Dr. Brett bmillan 956-872-7263 Pecan J 3.1322
Millan, Dr. Rebecca rmillan 956-872-6705 Pecan J 3.1214
Mitchell, Dr. Marci drmarci 956-872-2185 Pecan J 3.1324
Morrison, Steve sdmorris 956-872-6433 Pecan J 3.1104 B
Moyle, David dmoyle 956-872-2199 Pecan J 3.1116
Muñoz, Elizabeth emunoz 956-447-6662 Mid-Valley H 115
Nambiar, Sharmila snambiar 956-872-6446 Pecan J 3.1208
Naqvi, Husney hfnaqvi 956-872-5654
Oaks, Dr. David doakes 956-447-6653 Mid-Valley G 244
Ochoa, Juan jochoa 956-872-2073 Pecan J 3.1310
Poulton, Lanesa lpoulton 956-872-6427 Pecan J 3.1312
Richardson, Christopher crichardson4 956-872-2527 Pecan J 3.1102 B
Rios, Johanna jrios 956-488-5831 Starr  E 2.616
Rodriguez, Crystal crodriguez1 956-872-5602 Pecan PB 19B-A
Schnee, Jessica jschnee 956-872-2175 Pecan J 3.1316
Taylor, Marisa mtaylor 956-872-3432 Pecan J 3.1122

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Ramirez, Elizabeth eramirez1 956-872-6412 Pecan J 3.1104

Sigma Kappa Delta (SKD)

Sigma Kappa Delta (SKD), the English Honor Society for Two-Year Colleges, was founded in 1996 at Cottey College. The society strives to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate studies; provide, through its local chapters, cultural stimulation on college campuses and promote interest in literature and the English language in surrounding communities; foster all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language, and writing; promote exemplary character and good fellowship among its members; exhibit high standards of academic excellence; and serve society by fostering literacy. The Xi Epsilon chapter has been active since 2013. Students are invited to join SKD by earning an A or a B in both composition and rhetoric. Also, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.3. ALL majors are invited to join Sigma Kappa Delta. Students are encouraged to join as soon as possible to take advantage of Society activities and benefits.


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What Can You Do with an English Degree?

An English degree can open doors to jobs that rely on organization, creativity, research, writing and communicating ideas. If you want to make a career out of your love of writing and reading literature, you should consider pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree in English. Sound interesting? Here is some information that can help you make the right decision.

The top ten skills of English majors:

  • Ability to organize thoughts, ideas and materials
  • Ability to analyze texts and interpret their meaning
  • Ability to argue positions effectively
  • Ability to analyze the written word
  • Ability to write in an articulate manner
  • Ability to research and explain the results
  • Working knowledge of grammar and vocabulary
  • Ability to be a creative thinker
  • Ability to critically observe the world around them
  • Ability to effectively communicate by listening to and questioning data

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What English majors study:

English majors usually take composition classes that involve learning how to write different types of essays. English majors also take literature classes, where they study short stories, poetry, drama and novels written by American, British, Latino/a, African-American, Russian, European, Asian and other authors. They may also study creative writing to learn how to write short stories, novels, poetry and plays.

English majors with a special interest in another subject, such as business, engineering, journalism, math, or science, can pursue a double major that includes English and their specialty field. Another possibility includes minoring in an area of interest in order to improve their chances of finding a job after graduation.

What are the job opportunities for graduates with an English degree?

Graduates with an English degree have a reputation for being able to think critically. They are known for their ability to organize ideas and information. They have the skills to explain and write down ideas in an easy-to-understand way. They have a strong vocabulary and a good knowledge of grammar, which help them to speak and write clearly and concisely. They know how to make good observations and analyze data, which makes it easier to reach conclusions and express ideas.

  • English degree graduates have a wide range of job opportunities awaiting them
  • English degree graduates can enjoy creative work
  • English degree graduates can research ideas and information
  • English degree graduates are in demand for jobs that involve communicating ideas and information

Some of the more popular career choices for English degree graduates and how much you can expect to earn from each:

Creative Writer
A creative writer writes stories, poems, novels and creative nonfiction essays. A creative writer uses skills in grammar, organization, critical thinking and research to learn about and develop interesting ideas into finished works. A creative writer often writes for literary journals, creative writing magazines and anthologies to get his or her writing published. A creative writer does not earn a lot of money for work published early in the career. If a creative writer is fortunate enough to write a powerful, popular novel, the writer may earn a lot of money from the sale of the manuscript to a publisher plus royalties for every book sold. The creative novel writer's popularity is based on the sales of books.
Average earnings per week: $1,000 (salaried).

A journalist is a writer who uses skills in interviewing, critical thinking, research, organization and grammar to write news and special-interest articles for magazines, newspapers and Internet websites. A journalist may work in a single location, writing articles about a community, city, organization or event. Some organizations assign journalists to work in lots of locations, reporting on newsworthy events or people.
Average earnings per week: $670 (salaried).

TV-Movie Script Writer
A scriptwriter is a specialized type of creative writer that writes scripts that serve as the basis of stories for television shows, video games, educational films and entertainment movies. Scriptwriters use observation, critical thinking, research and organizational skills to develop plots and characters for scripts. They may earn lots of money for a short time working on a popular show or developing the script for a movie. They may have to move from show to show in order to maintain a steady income.
Average earnings per week: $1,000 (salaried).

Technical Writer
A technical writer is a writer who creates text for instructional manuals, training films, computer books, medical technology manuals and other types of specialized publications used in specific industries. A technical writer needs a background in the subject matter he or she is writing about. A technical writer also needs to understand how to explain data and information to others. A technical writer relies on skills in research, organization, critical thinking, grammar and communication to create the manuscripts that are used in technical manuals.
Average earnings per week: $1,200 (salaried).

A teacher provides instruction about concepts of reading, writing, grammar, punctuation, spelling and critical thinking to students enrolled in English composition, literature and drama classes. A graduate with a bachelor 's degree in English must complete an additional education degree and obtain certification to become a teacher in public elementary and secondary school systems. An English graduate needs a master's or doctorate degree in order to teach at the community college or four-year college/university level. Average earnings/week in 2008: $960/$980 (salaried elementary/secondary teachers);
Average earnings per week: $1,084 (salaried college English teachers).

An English degree is considered a great undergraduate degree for the student who wants to become an attorney. An attorney, also called a lawyer, needs critical thinking, research, communication and writing skills in order to express ideas in court documents and in the courtroom. The English degree graduate who continues on to law school has an advantage over the student who has studied business or science because he or she possesses the strong thinking and organizational skills needed to build and argue cases before a judge.
Average earnings per week: $2,127.

Advertising Copywriter
An advertising copywriter produces text for advertising and promotional materials in print and on the Internet. An advertising copywriter uses critical thinking, research and writing skills, as well as an understanding of rhetoric, to create short pieces of text that persuade consumers to respond to advertisement suggestions. This is a creative and fun job that can include work at advertising agencies, promotional and marketing companies, and for organizations and businesses that promote programs and information.
Average earnings per week: $747 (salaried, non-managerial).

An editor reviews the writing of others in order to correct errors and make sure that the writing is easily understood. The texts that an editor reviews may be used in a magazine, book, script or website or in promotional materials. The English degree graduate who pursues an editing job must have strong skills in grammar, punctuation and spelling, and must understand how to organize and present information clearly.
Average earnings per week: $1,000 (salaried).

Public Relations Specialist
A public relations specialist uses organizational, critical thinking and writing skills to promote programs and share information with the media and the public. In addition to needing writing skills, a public relations specialist should have great interpersonal skills in order to work successfully with journalists and members of the public. An English degree graduate can find work as a public relation specialist at companies, not-for-profit organizations and school districts that want to make the community aware of their activities.
Average earnings per week: $747 (salaried, non-managerial).

Marketing/Sales Manager
A marketing/sales manager uses interpersonal skills as well as organizational, critical thinking and writing skills to persuade customers to buy products and services. A marketing/sales manager might write advertising copy, design promotional programs and materials, manage focus group activities or speak directly to consumers about the products and/or services of the company where the specialist works. An English degree graduate with an interest in business can find a marketing/sales management job at a small business, corporation or not-for-profit organization.
Average earnings per week: $2,088 (salaried, managerial).

Skills list provided by Hubpages.com (http://hubpages.com/hub/Ten-Things-to-do-with-an-English-Degree)

Salary information provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics website (http://www.bls.gov/. All salaries in 2008 dollars.)

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