Undergraduate programs

The study of English has long been considered one of the best ways to obtain a liberal education. Courses are designed to develop students’ critical capabilities, to deepen their understanding of diverse cultural issues, and to improve their abilities to analyze and produce complex texts. The department prepares its majors for careers in writing and teaching, as well as for a variety of professions in which high levels of literacy and critical thought are required.

Various concentrations in literature and writing allow students flexible ways to combine interests in the literary arts with personal and professional goals. Community-based learning courses encourage students to integrate their academic skills with experience in the metropolitan area. Indeed, the breadth of knowledge and the communication skills that English majors typically acquire make them attractive to many potential employers and prepare them for graduate work leading to professions such as law.

For those who wish to teach, the English Department prepares majors for graduate work leading to teaching certification or for entry into graduate master’s or doctoral programs in English. PSU graduates in English have gone on to succeed in advanced degree programs at many major universities.

Degree Maps and Learning Outcomes

Admission requirements

English B.A.

English Minor

Writing Minor

Film Studies Minor

Secondary Education Endorsement (GTEP)

Film Studies Minor


The film studies minor is offered through the Departments of English, Communication, and Theater and Film. The minor requires 28 credit hours in appropriate coursework, including internships and adviser-approved courses at the Northwest Film Center (Note: NWFC operates on semester system). Students may select from a number of courses listed in various departments throughout PSU. These include courses offered by the Departments of World Languages and Literatures, Art, History, Black Studies, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Sociology, and others.

28 adviser-approved credits must include:

Eng 304Critical Theory of Cinema




Note: Electives may include additional theory or history classes, as well as classes in film production at the Northwest Film Center. All courses in the minor must be taken for a letter grade. Courses taken for fulfillment of the Minor in Film Studies may also be applied to University Studies requirements.