Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
English majors are frequently employed in secondary and post-secondary education. In post-secondary education, students can choose to teach at a two-year institutions, which primarily emphasize teaching; four-year institutions, which usually emphasize both teaching and research; or even institutions which predominantly offer graduate degrees. These graduate degrees include the M.A. in English, the M.F.A. in Creative Writing, or the Ph.D. in English.
Graduate degrees have many opportunities for specialization, such as African American literature, Irish literary studies, poetry writing, composition and rhetoric, literary theory, etc. A field exists in almost any area of interest, though generally it is advisable to take graduate coursework in composition studies or rhetoric to improve the chances of obtaining a teaching job. A very narrow field of specialization can limit the chances of finding employment.
A student who seeks to become a English or Mass Communication major or add a minor should go to the ASU website and fill out a Request for a Change of Major/Minor/Concentration form. The student must meet the GPA requirements for English or Mass Communication at the time the request is submitted. If the student does not meet the minimum GPA requirements at the time the request is submitted, the request will not be processed. If there are questions, please contact the Department of English, Modern Languages and Mass Communication at (229) 500-2195
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Sigma Kappa Delta, English Honor Society for two-year colleges, provides exceptional students opportunities for advancing the study of language and literature, for developing skills in creative and analytical writing, and for meeting other outstanding scholars and professionals in the discipline of English. In order to be eligible for membership, students must be nominated by a ASU faculty member; have no lower than a “B” in any English course; have completed at least 12 semester hours of college credit; and must have a minimum 3.3 GPA. For more information, visit www.english2.org new window. Students may also join ASU’s local chapter as an associate member. Associate members can attend all functions, do community service, and travel with the organization. Students do not have to be English majors to join Sigma Kappa Delta in any capacity.
Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society. Its purpose is to confer distinction on undergraduates, graduates, and scholars in academia, as well as upon professional writers who have realized high achievements in either the linguistics or the literature of the English language. Student members of Sigma Tau Delta may gain prestige through publication in The Rectangle and may achieve national recognition upon meriting any one of three annual awards. Association with eminent persons in the profession of English is accorded students at the regional conventions and at the National convention.
Qualifications for MembershipTo qualify for membership in Sigma Tau Delta, upperclassmen must meet the following:
- Completion of at least three semesters of the college courses.
- Completion of two college courses in literature (in addition to the usual courses in freshman English).
- Attainment of at least a B average in English.
- Rank in the highest 35% of their class in general scholarship (Cumulative Academic Record).