Department of Languages and Literatures

Majors and Minors in English and English-Teaching

Undergraduate students interested in English at UNI can choose between an English major, an English-Teaching major, and minors in English (including Literary Studies or Film Studies options) and English-Teaching. 

English provides extensive instruction and practice in capable reading, effective writing, and creative problem solving. It offers excellent preparation for graduate or professional study in almost any field and for a wide spectrum of vocations, including careers in post-secondary education and student services, editing and publishing, law library and museum services, non-profit organizations and institutions, computer technology and software, business, financial firms, and insurance companies.

English major

Jamie Ver Steegh and Cindy Jossart enjoy a Victorian Tea organized by students in Professor Jolene Zigarovich's British Victorian Writers course.This major allows students to experience English studies in different areas by choosing courses focusing on journalism, linguistics, and era-specific literature. Click here for the English major program of study (Word document; last updated Spring 2018). 

English-Teaching major

This major enables students to gain a wide-variety of teaching experience by offering courses in communication, literary theory and film. Click here for the English-Teaching major program of study (Word document; last updated Spring 2018).

Students should speak with an advisor to make sure that all education requirements are met. Options for teaching endorsements can be found at the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners website.

English minor (Literary Studies or Film Studies options)

Students will develop their ability to analyze and interpret various literary works and cultures. Courses can range from highlighting literary theory and film to mastering theatre and performance skills. Click here for the English minor program of study (Word document; last updated Spring 2018).

English-Teaching minor

Students will develop practical communication skills for the classroom by learning about education literacy and applied linguistics. Click here for the English-Teaching minor program of study (Word document; last updated Spring 2018).

Students should speak with an advisor to make sure that all education requirements are met. Options for teaching endorsements can be found at the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners website.