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English B.A.  

Major  Minor  
120 credit hours
90% career outcome rate1
 

As we find ourselves inundated with new types of media every day, one thing that persists is the written word, whether it’s in traditional print format or online, on tablets, smartphones and e-readers, human beings read constantly. A degree in English can help you navigate the changing world, acquire tools that will never lose value and help you understand how language shapes our world.

Concordia’s English major promotes careful reading, encourages critical thinking and models Christian scholarship and thoughtful discussion processes. Ideally, our students will develop a desire to read more and appreciate the role of literature in exploring themselves, the human condition, and Christ’s response to humanity and to our students in particular. We relate the fallen human world to our Christian perspective and celebrate our God-given gift of language.

The skills you develop as an English major, like writing, editing, problem solving, critical thinking and analysis, are highly prized by employers in every profession. In this age of information and technology, these talents are more in-demand than ever before. Writing, communication skills, adaptability and the ability to work independently are desirable qualities for any career you choose, making your English degree extremely valuable. The knowledge you acquire as an English major will never be obsolete.

An English degree from Concordia University, Nebraska will help you develop these abilities in a Christian, collaborative environment, while cultivating independent thought and responsible leadership to help you better serve, no matter your chosen vocation.

You may also choose to combine your English degree with one of Concordia’s many other majors, giving you a competitive edge. English majors at Concordia Nebraska have also earned degrees in art, psychology, biology or education. When you’re competing for a job or a spot in graduate school, a double major that includes English offers a powerful advantage. If you love the written word, are curious about the vast potential for human expression and desire to expand your own comprehension of the English language, then a bachelor’s degree in English from Concordia University, Nebraska may be the right choice for you.

15:1
Student-to-faculty ratio

The English classes offered at Concordia intentionally connect timeless pieces of literature with the issues of the twenty-first century, challenging students in their understanding of their own worldview.
Kara Stark
Frisco, Texas

Core Concepts

The Concordia University, Nebraska Department of English maintains high standards of academic integrity and Christian responsibility. In our courses, we help students to see the historical and cultural significance of literature and teach them to apply methods of literary scholarship. We promote careful reading, encourage critical thinking and model Christian scholarship and thoughtful discussion processes.

Concordia NebraskaEnglish: Learning Objectives

Students in the English major will employ critical reading as an effective basis of literary inquiry, through close reading of form and discourse and through engagement with literary contexts.

Students will be able to analyze the complex relationship between authors, texts and social, political, religious and historical contexts.

Students will develop strong oral communication and writing skills, including clear expression and sound mechanics.

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Dr. Erica Lamm - Communication Studies

Concordia NebraskaEnglish: Program Goals

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Students will acquire strong skills in the production, presentation and interpretation of the English language.

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Students will be able to effectively analyze the English language and its applications.

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Students will acquire and apply knowledge of the nature and functions of English and English language theory.

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Students will appreciate the aesthetics of the English language as a means of understanding and expressing human experience.

Concordia Nebraska English: Career Outcomes

Magazine Editor

Magazine editors oversee content and quality of magazine publications and ensure features are topical, interesting and informative. As a magazine editor, you would use your English degree to select articles for issues and plan publication content, generate ideas and write articles and supervise staff. You would also likely be responsible for editing and proofreading copy to ensure the magazine is ready to go to press. There are many different types of magazines you could choose to work for, if you decide to become an editor. You might work for a traditional entertainment print magazine such as People or ESPN the Magazine. Or, if you’re more interested in literary or creative magazines, you might work for a university or small press cultivating content for literary journals. Some magazines are entirely online, so if you are more interested in digital content, you may choose to work curating online articles instead.

-3% Annual Growth Rate2
$33,710 Entry-Level Salary2
$52,504 Mid-Level Salary2
$80,010 Late-Level Salary2

Journalist

Journalists research, write and edit stories, features and articles for use within a variety of media, from magazines to journals to online publications. As a journalist, you would use your English language skills to generate ideas for feature stories; research topics and interview people of interest; write, edit and proofread articles; and comply with ethical guidelines to create interesting, informative content.

-10% Annual Growth Rate2
$31,700 Entry-Level Salary2
$62,170 Mid-Level Salary2
$121,670 Late-Level Salary2

Web Content Manager

Web content managers work closely with project teams, editors, developers and designers to coordinate website content and make sure it caters to the needs of their target audience. As a web content manager, you would be responsible for planning and developing website content, style and appearance and analyzing website usage and search engine optimization keywords. You might also be in charge of product advertising, social media output or creating news releases relevant to your company.

13% Annual Growth Rate2
$37,930 Entry-Level Salary2
$69,430 Mid-Level Salary2
$124,480 Late-Level Salary2

High School English Teacher

7.5% Annual Growth Rate2
$39,080 Entry-Level Salary2
$59,170 Mid-Level Salary2
$95,380 Late-Level Salary2

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1 Recent graduates attending graduate school or employed within six months of graduation.

2 Career salary and wages sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.