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About Degrees in English

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Jennifer Pauley,
English and Humanities
Department Chair

Phone: (740) 351-3300
Email: jpauley@shawnee.edu

Career Options

Our Bachelor of Arts degree in English alumni go on to have fulfilling careers that span a variety of industries. Some become educators, work in media relations, or choose careers in both traditional and digital media as staff writers or reporters. Our graduates are also employed in a myriad of other industries, from finance, marketing, and manufacturing to health care administration.

  • Print and Digital Journalism
  • Social Media Management
  • Media Planning
  • Management, Marketing, and Sales
  • Business and Finance
  • Public Relations
  • Event Management
  • Technical Communication
  • Human Resources
  • Law/Public Policy
  • Non-Profit Work

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What our graduates say:

“Studying English and Communications at Shawnee State University was one of the very best decisions I have ever made. My coursework allowed me to develop many skills, including the ability to think critically, articulate complex concepts, and lead collaborative group discussions.

The English & Humanities faculty at Shawnee State University are the very best I have ever encountered. My professors were knowledgeable, compassionate mentors who genuinely cared about my success. Thanks to their support and guidance, I gained the knowledge and skills I needed to be successful in my career.

Today, I have an exciting career as a grant-writer for a large nonprofit organization. I use the skills I learned in my English coursework on a daily basis to write compelling proposals and collaborate with executive leadership.

I love my job, and Shawnee State University helped me get there.

— Heather Stephenson, 2016 graduate
B.A. in English & Humanities, Communication Concentration

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the English & Humanities core will be able to:

  • situate texts within a historical and cultural context;
  • analyze texts through the lens of literary, cultural, rhetorical, and/or linguistic theory; and
  • compose effective arguments supported by relevant evidence from primary and secondary sources.

Students who complete the Communication Concentration will be able to demonstrate understanding of communication theories, perspectives, principles, and concepts.

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