English (BA)

What is A English (BA) Degree?

Most people who study for the BA degree in English learn about linguistics: words, sentences, meanings, phonetics, phonology, and the patterns of sounds in the language.  Plus, they also study literature of both English and American writers.  They learn how to write logically and also to write creatively. They also do the critical thinking that is required to write most anything. Plus, they’ll cover how to analyze and interpret all kinds of literature from different periods in history.

In most BA programs, in addition to required general education courses, you’ll be pretty immersed in everything having to do with the English language. A degree in English is often thought of as a good background for law and political science, plus most employers report that writing well is critical to getting ahead in most every job, even those that are somewhat hands-on.  Nearly every working person has to write reports of some kind. Also, as you could guess, many professional writers, editors, and speech writers start out by studying English.

The video below discusses a “typical” program, so it should help regardless of which school you are considering.

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