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Undergraduate Emphasis

A Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in language provides students with a broad base of knowledge in the English language. Coursework is designed to ensure successful students are proficient in cross-cultural communication and composition.

The Language emphasis is most likely to appeal to students who want to teach English as a Second Language. We strongly recommend that students who choose this emphasis also choose a minor in English as a Second Language. The ESL program is available through the Pittsburg State's College of Education.

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  • About Emphasis
  • Career Options

At Pittsburg State, we believe you learn by doing. That’s why students are given the opportunity to publish in the PSU student literary magazine, The Cow Creek Review. They can also be members of the magazine’s staff to review submissions, help create the magazine’s design, and prepare it for publication.

Students are able to have their work judged by professionals in the university’s annual literary contest, and are provided with multiple opportunities to read their work in public, both on and off campus.

English degree graduates can be found in nearly every career field due, in part, to their robust writing and spoken communication skills, ability to critically analyze situations and develop cohesive solutions to complicated problems.

Students who choose the language emphasis are most likely to teach English as a Second Language overseas or teach non-English speakers in the United States.

Other possible careers include:

  • Educator
  • Journalist
  • Editor
  • Publisher
  • Public Relations Professional
  • Many More

About English and Modern Languages Department

The Department of English and Modern Languages offers baccalaureate degrees and a master’s degree program. B.A. programs are offered in English and in Modern Languages. A Bachelor of Science in Education and a master’s program are also offered in English. The department offers minors in English, English Teaching, Creative Writing, French, Professional Writing, and Spanish.

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