Bachelor of Arts in English


Department of English

Southeastern's English program develops skilled writers, critics, and publishing and professional writing specialists with effective analytical, rhetorical and communication skills as well as an appreciation for broad social and cultural backgrounds. The program features writing, publishing and digital humanities projects that promote critical thinking and research skills. The program's coursework prepares students for successful careers in writing, teaching, publishing, library and information science and graduate studies.

Career Information

Types of Jobs*

  • Arts critic
  • Copywriter
  • Counselor
  • Dramatist
  • Editor
  • Fiction writer
  • Fundraiser
  • Grant writer
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Literary agent
  • Manager
  • Manuscript reader
  • Poet
  • Publicity and marketing professional
  • Public relations professional
  • Publisher
  • Researcher
  • Screenwriter
  • Scriptwriter
  • Teacher
  • Web designer

Types of Employers

  • Corporations
  • Government
  • Libraries and information services
  • Media
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Public and private schools
*Some of these occupations may require additional education at graduate or professional schools.


  • Faculty in a wide range of specialties, including traditional areas such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, the Brontës, Lawrence, Faulkner, Hemingway and Creole Literature as well as more recently developed fields such as interdisciplinary studies in literature, digital humanities, film studies, animal studies and performance studies

  • Faculty in creative writing and writers in residence offer personalized instruction by renowned poets, fiction writers and playwrights

  • Faculty have been recognized on regional, national and international levels as creative writers and scholars

  • Faculty/student research opportunities in digital humanities and publishing

  • Common Read Program brings internationally acclaimed writers to campus for direct contact with students

  • Courses in linguistics, history of language and literacy; history and criticism of film, performance and gender studies; and professional writing and publishing studies, offering professional credentials and internships

  • Honors curriculum available

  • Student computer labs, writing studio and the Southeastern Writing Center are equipped with up-to-date technology, including design and professional publishing software, laptops and other digital devices


  • Total semester hours required: 120

  • Semester hours required in English: 42


  • Literature and Language

  • Creative Writing


  • Creative Writing

  • English

  • Gender Studies

  • Professional Writing

  • Publishing Studies


  • Bachelor of Arts in English Education

  • Master of Arts in English


  • Louisiana Literature and Louisiana Literature Press

  • Nineteenth-Century Studies

  • Journal of College Writing

  • Southeastern Writing Center

  • English Department Common Read Program

  • English Club

  • Xi Ro Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society


Contact Information

Dr. Joan Faust


Mailing address: SLU 10861, Hammond, LA 70402

On-campus address: D Vickers Hall, Room 392

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