About English

English majors are good writers and effective communicators and possess the ability to process complex ideas and understand and successfully communicate with others. The English program at Valdosta State University builds upon the basic knowledge, skills and values provided by the core curriculum while preparing students for a wide range of careers and for graduate study in numerous fields.

English at Valdosta State University

The Valdosta State English department supports forums for creative, scholarly and pedagogical interests. Students have the opportunity to gain invaluable writing experience by contributing to The Odradek, the university’s student literary journal; The Spectator, the campus newspaper; and Notes on Teaching English, an online teaching journal. In addition, the university hosts the Georgia Poetry Circuit and Blackwater Writing Project.


  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Literature and Language


Professional Writing

Creative Writing and Contemporary Literature

  • Master of Arts (M.A.)


Literature and Literary Criticism

Rhetoric and Composition

  • Master of Arts in English Studies for Language Arts Teachers Online  (M.A.)


  • Literature and Language
  • Journalism
  • Professional Writing
  • Creative Writing and Contemporary Literature

About the English Curriculum


Students in the English program at Valdosta State focus on British, American and world literature and study the cultural and historical context of written works. During the course of their studies, English students perfect their written and oral communication skills and develop keen research abilities. Students choose from one of four English tracks. The literature and language track includes pre-law and pre-theology education and prepares students for graduate studies in English. The journalism track prepares students for careers in print journalism, editing and in-house news writing. Students who choose the creative writing and contemporary literature track are prepared for careers in publishing and related fields and gain a foundation for graduate studies. The professional writing track can lead to careers in law, business, advertising and publishing and prepares students for further graduate studies.

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Minors are available in literature and language, journalism, creative writing and contemporary literature, and professional writing. These minors complement a number of degree programs throughout the university. The minor in English requires between 15 and 18 hours of coursework.


Students in the Master of Arts program gain general knowledge of major literary periods and movements and master literary concepts and terminology, while gaining specific knowledge of key works and figures. Graduates are able to produce cogent written works and discuss their works in an articulate manner. The graduate curriculum at Valdosta State prepares students for doctoral studies, college and secondary school teaching, business and other professional endeavors.

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M.A. in English Studies for Language Arts Teachers

This innovative online degree program is designed specifically for language arts teachers who want to expand their content knowledge in the major subfields of the discipline including literature, composition, rhetoric, linguistics and creative writing. The program provides in-depth content directly applicable to middle grades and secondary language arts education and includes advanced courses in composition theory, rhetoric, grammar, creative writing, literature and more.

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  • Advertising professional
  • Assistant copy editor
  • Book publisher
  • Communications specialist
  • Copy editor
  • Copywriter
  • Correspondent
  • Critic
  • Editor
  • Elementary school language arts teacher
  • English as a second language teacher
  • Fact checker
  • Grant writer
  • High school English teacher
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Literary agent
  • Magazine writer
  • Marketing professional
  • Media analyst
  • Media buyer
  • Middle school English teacher
  • News analyst
  • Newscaster
  • Newspaper writer
  • Novelist
  • Playwright
  • Poet
  • Professional writer
  • Public relations manager
  • Public relations specialist
  • Publisher
  • Publishing assistant
  • Research analyst
  • Screenwriter
  • Speechwriter
  • Technical writer
  • Website content writer

*Some career possibilities may require additional degrees or certifications.

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