College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences
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Degree Options

  • B.A. in English
  • B.A. in English Teaching
  • B.A. in English & History Teaching
  • Accelerated 3+2 Dual Degree (B.A. in English + M.A. in English)
  • M.A. in English & Writing Programs
  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing


  • English
  • English (Teaching)

Who Would be Interested in English?

English is for those:

  • Who want to broaden their insight into the nature of language and literature.
  • Who want to develop their technical writing abilities.
  • Who want to develop their creative writing abilities.
  • Who plan to teach.

Why English?

The award-winning faculty in English concentrate primarily on effective teaching, but they also include many active and successful writers and scholars, including novelists of international reputation.

A degree in English tells employers that you can analyze information, think critically, write clearly, and communicate effectively.

Career Opportunities Pursued by English Majors:

  • Teacher
  • Lawyer
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Politician
  • Newscaster
  • Author
  • Playwright
  • Scriptwriter
  • Web Designer
  • Technical Writer
  • Publisher
  • Librarian

What Are the Requirements to be Admitted to the Program?

Students may select any of the English options upon applying to the university.

Where Are Recent Graduates Employed?

  • English Teaching Graduates: Madison County Schools, Elkhorn Crossing Schools, LaFayette High School, Pulaski County High School, Madison Central High School, Pendleton High School, Jackson County High School, Middlesboro High School
  • Technical Writing Graduates: Coldstream Laboratories Inc,; Bellaworks Web Design in Charlotte, NC; UPS Supply Chain Solutions; Marco Photo Services

How Do I Get More Information?

Contact James R. Keller, Ph.D.
Department of English
100 Mattox

Are There Scholarship Opportunities?

  • The Donn Johnson Endowed English Scholarship
  • The EKU Theatre Endowed Scholarship
  • The Dr. James M. Kenkel Undergraduate Linguistics Scholarship
  • The Philip H. Mankin Memorial Fund
  • Bonnie Craft Plummer Endowed Study Abroad Scholarship
  • The Hazel L. Chrisman Memorial English Scholarship
  • The Roy Clark Memorial Scholarship