Storytelling is the universal gateway to meaningful connections. Whether it is through social media, community activism, education, filmmaking, producing video games, or entrepreneurship, a good storyteller can shape the way we think, feel and behave. At Bowie State, our experienced faculty give students the tools to dissect and understand diverse narratives and to create stories of their own.
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What You'll Learn
As an English major, you will study compelling literature and explore new languages and cultures. You will also:
Become a critical reader and writer able to analyze and interpret information in a wide range of contexts
Understand how language is used to persuade, dissuade, and shape perspectives
Explore different cultures through the lens of literature, language and film
Learn how to teach English to others
Travel: Our Spanish and English Study Abroad opportunities take students to countries such as Mexico, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and the United Kingdom to immerse themselves in Hispanic culture and Anglophone culture.
Develop: Work one-on-one or in group sessions with writing consultants in the Smith Vidal Literacy & Language Center. There, students can get the tools they need to refine their writing and prepare for the English Proficiency Exam.
Experience: Hear special guest lecturers discuss significant cultural and societal issues like race, religion, civil rights, and LGBT inclusion.
Join: Students can enhance their studies and build a professional network by contributing to our creative writing journal, participating in Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, or presenting at conferences such as the College English Association-Middle Atlantic Group and the South Atlantic Modern Language Association
Intern: Students can earn credit for internships through our ENGL 383 class. Students have interned at the Smithsonian Museum, Rowman & Littlefield Publishing, Shakespeare Folger Library, “The Writer’s Haven” radio show, and the Maryland General Assembly.
English students enter the workforce with skills that are useful in almost any occupation. The knowledge you gain at Bowie State will prepare you for success in careers including, but not limited to:
Advertising account executive
Cultural critic (music, films, books, video games, etc.)
Public relations director
Video game writer
Web content manager