The English major at LVC is centered on the belief that the study of language arts provides an excellent foundation for professional careers and for everyday life experiences. Each student who majors in English chooses an area of concentration - either communications, creative writing, literature, secondary education, or theater. All five concentrations build on a common core of literature courses.
The goal of the English program is to teach students to write, speak, and think more effectively - through classes, internships, independent studies, student teaching, and theater work.
English majors pursue a range of careers, including journalism, education, publishing, law, digital media, arts administration, theater, advertising, public relations and technical writing.
Students hone their communications skills by contributing to LVC's student newspaper (La Vie Collegienne), literary magazine (Green Blotter), international online journal (Valley Humanities Review), yearbook (Quittapahilla), or radio station (WLVC). English majors have even written for the College's website, alumni magazine (The Valley), and annual President's Report.
Internships offer students an opportunity to apply classroom skills in a professional setting. Internships also help students explore new options and career possibilities. All English majors with a communications concentration complete an internship. Fields include print and broadcast journalism, advertising, public relations, and law.
Students can earn teaching certification in English by combining the English major with required Education Department courses.
The concentration in creative writing allows students to gain experience in writing fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and screenwriting, against the backdrop of a liberal arts education.
Majors who concentrate in literature go on to graduate programs at schools such as Bucknell University, Duke University, New York University, University of Maryland, University of Delaware, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Southern California.