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English (Literature Track or Writing Track)


A degree in English is one of the more versatile degrees you can attain. Gaining the basic, yet fundamental skills of researching, editing, and writing effectively can set you up for success in fields ranging from academia to management to speech writing to freelance writing and professional editing. Eureka College has two literary journals and provides opportunities for students to experience practical internships from newspaper writing to working on grants.

English majors experience personal attention from their faculty, receiving personalized course projects and attending special events hosted by English Department faculty. The department also provides students with networking that includes having current professional authors participate in class, critique student work, and eat dinner with English majors and faculty.


The English major rests upon literature as its foundation – national and international texts, in English and in translation, by recognized and less known authors – and enables students to gain insight into the complexity of the human condition through reflective study and appreciation of this literature. In addition, writing is at the core of the English program, for writing, in its many forms, is the suitable expression of the English student’s learning, integration of knowledge, and creativity. The English courses enrich the student of the liberal arts by offering an awareness of literature in its historical, social, and intellectual contexts as well as the study and practice of writing in its diverse forms. The English major offers both a literature and a writing track, as well as the option to earn teacher licensure.

English Program Contact

Dr. Ezekiel Jarvis
Burrus Dickinson – Room 301
300 East College Ave.
Eureka, IL 61530