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English (Narrative Studies), BA

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  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general
  • Initial Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics

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Develop a multifaceted understanding of how to craft compelling narratives to advance career, community and personal objectives. Guided by award-winning storytellers and thought leaders, you can opt for courses that offer specific training in skills like podcasting, screenwriting and publishing, or others that focus on literary and media analysis.

Program Description

The BA program in English with a concentration in narrative studies explores the varied forms, contexts and cultures of narrative. Drawing from a variety of perspectives and disciplines, students learn methods to critically interrogate the social, historical, aesthetic and ethical dimensions of story and storytelling.

Students gain an understanding of key narrative concepts and their uses across modalities. They become familiar with the diverse applications of narrative studies, including the principles of narrative generation and interpretation across a range of traditional and emerging media, the uses of narrative in various spheres of social and political life, as well as creative and communicative practices.

Graduates are prepared to translate facts, events and stories into compelling narratives relevant for creative, professional and socially-embedded purposes. Graduates of narrative studies are empowered to engage globally with pressing concerns, such as climate change, justice movements and the frontier of computational developments in AI-generated narratives.

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Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Career Outlook

Degree programs in English prepare students for graduate studies in a number of programs, including English, creative writing, education, law and business. They also lead to a variety of careers in diverse fields. Educated professionals with expertise in narrative are in high demand because of the increasing importance of recognizing, critiquing, shaping, transforming and realizing the qualities of effective storytelling in an attention economy. Some of the most common professions for English majors are in the fields of:

  • business
  • journalism
  • law
  • nonprofit service
  • publishing

Graduates often find roles where they spend time:

  • developing web content
  • editing
  • managing public relations
  • teaching
  • writing professional and technical content

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Writers and Authors

  • Growth: 3.7%
  • Median Salary*: 73150

English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 1.2%
  • Median Salary*: 74280

Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers

  • Growth: 3.7%
  • Median Salary*: 73150

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education

  • Growth: 1%
  • Median Salary*: 62360

Advertising and Promotions Managers

  • Growth: 1.9%
  • Median Salary*: 127830

News Analysts, Reporters and Journalists

  • Growth: -3.3%
  • Median Salary*: 55960

Public Relations Managers

  • Growth: 5.9%
  • Median Salary*: 129430
  Bright Outlook

Public Relations Specialists

  • Growth: 6.1%
  • Median Salary*: 67440
  Bright Outlook

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

Study abroad expands students' perspectives by exposing them to new and unique cultures, communities and people. Students can explore the English language at a deeper level through an extended lens of literature, dialects and rhetoric in one of more than 300 Global Education programs. Students who study abroad gain heightened cultural competency and communication and critical thinking skills, which enhance their educational experience and their resumes.

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