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.

Other Concentrations

  • Literature and Language
    Creative Writing


  • Creative Writing
    Gender Studies
    Professional Writing
    Publishing Studies

Required Semester Hours 120 Total, 42 English

Program Highlights

  • 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


What Can You Be

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



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Student Orgs & Activities

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