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For the academic journal, see English Studies (journal). English studies_sentence_0

For the study of England and Great Britain, see British studies. English studies_sentence_1

"Anglicist" redirects here. English studies_sentence_2

For English words borrowed by others languages, see Anglicism. English studies_sentence_3

English studies (usually called simply English) is an academic discipline taught in primary, secondary, and post-secondary education in English-speaking countries; it is not to be confused with English taught as a foreign language, which is a distinct discipline. English studies_sentence_4

It involves the study and exploration of texts created in English literature. English studies_sentence_5

English studies include: the study of literature (especially novels, plays, short stories, and poetry), the majority of which comes from Britain, the United States, and Ireland (although English-language literature from any country may be studied, and local or national literature is usually emphasized in any given country); English composition, including writing essays, short stories, and poetry; English language arts, including the study of grammar, usage, and style; and English sociolinguistics, including discourse analysis of written and spoken texts in the English language, the history of the English language, English language learning and teaching, and the study of World Englishes. English studies_sentence_6

English linguistics (syntax, morphology, phonetics, phonology, etc.) is usually treated as a distinct discipline, taught in a department of linguistics. English studies_sentence_7

The disciplinary divide between a dominant literature or usage orientation is one motivation for the division of the North American Modern Language Association (MLA) into two subgroups. English studies_sentence_8

At universities in non-English-speaking countries, the same department often covers all aspects of English studies, including linguistics: this is reflected, for example, in the structure and activities of the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE). English studies_sentence_9

It is common for departments of English to offer courses and scholarship in the areas of the English language, literature (including literary criticism and literary theory), public speaking and speech-writing, rhetoric, composition studies, creative writing, philology and etymology, journalism, poetry, publishing, literacy, area studies (especially American studies), the philosophy of language, theater and play-writing, screenwriting, communication studies, technical communication, cultural studies, critical theory, gender studies, ethnic studies, disability studies, digital media and electronic publishing, film studies and other media studies, and various courses in the liberal arts and humanities, among others. English studies_sentence_10

In most English-speaking countries, the study at all educational levels of texts produced in non-English languages takes place in other departments, such as departments of foreign language or of comparative literature. English studies_sentence_11

Fields English studies_section_0

See also Literature and linguistics, along with List of academic disciplines English studies_sentence_12

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English major English studies_section_1

The English Major (alternatively "English concentration," "B.A. in English") is a term in the United States and a few other countries for an undergraduate university degree focused around reading, analyzing, and writing texts in the English language. English studies_sentence_13

The term may also be used to describe a student who is pursuing such a degree. English studies_sentence_14

Students who major in English reflect upon, analyse, and interpret literature and film, presenting their analyses in clear, cogent writing. English studies_sentence_15

Although help-wanted postings rarely solicit English majors specifically, a degree in English hones critical thinking skills essential to a number of career fields, including writing, editing, publishing, teaching, research, advertising, public relations, law, and finance. English studies_sentence_16

History English studies_section_2

The history of English studies at the modern university in Europe and America begins in the second half of the nineteenth century. English studies_sentence_17

Initially, English studies comprised a motley array of content: the practice of oratory, the study of rhetoric and grammar, the composition of poetry, and the appreciation of literature (mostly by authors from England, since American literature and language study was only added in the twentieth century). English studies_sentence_18

In Germany and several other European countries, English philology, a strongly positivistic and historically interested practice of reading pre-modern texts, became the preferred scholarly paradigm, but English-speaking countries distanced themselves from philological paradigms soon after World War I. English studies_sentence_19

At the end of this process, English departments tended to refocus their work on various forms of writing instruction (creative, professional, critical) and the interpreting of literary texts, and teacher education in English recovered from the neglect it had suffered because of more science-oriented paradigms. English studies_sentence_20

Today, English departments in native-speaking countries re-evaluate their roles as sole guardians of the discipline because English is less and less native speakers' unique 'property' and has to be shared with the millions of speakers and writers from other countries for whom English is an essential means of communication and artistic expression. English studies_sentence_21

English literature became an object of study in French universities as part of foreign (comparative) literature in the nineteenth century. English studies_sentence_22

A chair of foreign literature was established at the College de France in 1841. English studies_sentence_23

English was first taught independently from other languages and literature in the University of Lille and in the University of Lyons and only afterwards in the Sorbonne. English studies_sentence_24

These three universities were the first major centres of English studies in France. English studies_sentence_25

The first lecturer and later professor of English studies would seem to have been Auguste Angellier. English studies_sentence_26

After spending several years teaching French in England in the 1860s and 1870s, he became a lecturer in English studies at the University of Lille in 1881 and a professor of English in 1893. English studies_sentence_27

In France nowadays, literature, civilisation, linguistics and the spoken and written language are all important in English studies in universities. English studies_sentence_28

The English major rose to prominence in American colleges during the first half of the 1970s. English studies_sentence_29

It provided an opportunity for students to develop critical skills in analytical reading with the aim of improving their writing, as well as exercises in rhetoric and persuasive expression that had been traditionally only taught in classical studies and available to the very few due to language barriers and a shortage of professors who could actively engage students in the humanities. English studies_sentence_30

Outside the United States (originating in Scotland and then rippling out into the English-speaking world) the English major became popular in the latter half of the 19th century during a time when religious beliefs were shaken in the face of scientific discoveries. English studies_sentence_31

Literature was thought to act as a replacement for religion in the retention and advancement of culture, and the English Major thus provided students with the chance to draw moral, ethical, and philosophical qualities and meanings of older studies from a richer and broader source of literature than that of the ancient Greek and Latin classics. English studies_sentence_32

Since 2000, there have been questions about the specific function of English departments at the contemporary U.S. college and university. English studies_sentence_33

The absence of a clearly defined disciplinary identity and the increasingly utilitarian goals in U.S. society present a challenge to those academic units still mostly focusing on the printed book and the traditional division in historical periods and national literatures, and neglecting allegedly non-theoretical areas such as professional writing, composition, and multimodal communication. English studies_sentence_34

Skills acquired English studies_section_3

In the past an academic degree in English usually meant an intensive study of British and American literary masterpieces. English studies_sentence_35

Now, however, an English Major encompasses a much broader range of topics which stretch over multiple disciplines. English studies_sentence_36

While the requirements for an English Major vary from university to university, most English departments emphasize three core skills: analyzing literature, a process which requires logic and reflective analysis; creativity and imagination with regards to the production of good writing; and an understanding of different cultures, civilizations, and literary styles from various time periods. English studies_sentence_37

The skills gained from studying English include acquiring tools that will never lose value, understanding the ever-changing media, to explain your own world, and more. English studies_sentence_38

Prospective English Majors can expect to take college courses in academic writing, creative writing, literary theory, British and American literature, multicultural literature, several literary genres (such as poetry, drama, and film studies), and a number of elective multidisciplinary topics such as history, courses in the social sciences, and studies in a foreign language. English studies_sentence_39

To the end of studying these disciplines, candidates for a Major in English attain skills in professional writing with relations to rhetoric, literary analysis, an appreciation for the diversity of cultures, and an ability to clearly and persuasively express their ideas in writing. English studies_sentence_40

Examples of courses English studies_section_4

Most English courses fall into the broader categories of either Literature-based studies, which focus on classical authors and time periods, or Rhetorical studies, which concentrate on communication skills in preparation for specialization in a variety of professional fields. English studies_sentence_41

While specific graduation requirements vary from university to university, students can expect to study some of the following courses. English studies_sentence_42

Courses in Writing and Composition: such as Academic and Professional Writing, which stress analytical writing and train students to produce clear, cohesive arguments. English studies_sentence_43

Courses in British literature: Courses may focus on time periods, authors, genres, or literary movements. English studies_sentence_44

Examples include Shakespeare's Tragedies, History and Theory of British Drama, Medieval English Literature, and the Victorian Novel. English studies_sentence_45

Courses in American literature: Depending upon the university, these courses can either be broken down by time period, such as Nineteenth Century Gothic Fiction; authors, such as classes on Hawthorne, Hemingway, or Frost; or Literary schools and movements, such as Naturalism or Transcendentalism. English studies_sentence_46

Courses in Multicultural Literature: The value of bringing a range of cultural and multidisciplinary perspectives to the study of English literature is being increasingly recognized in a number of universities. English studies_sentence_47

Examples include Multi-cultural Literatures in Medieval England, Latina Narratives, and Studies in Jewish Literature. English studies_sentence_48

Rhetorical courses: Focus on techniques of persuasive arguing in the written form, as well as skills which involve the analysis of written texts. English studies_sentence_49

Career opportunities English studies_section_5

A major in English opens a variety of career opportunities for college graduates entering the job market. English studies_sentence_50

Since students who graduate with an English degree are trained to ask probing questions about large bodies of texts and then to formulate, analyze, and answer those questions in coherent, persuasive prose—skills vital to any number of careers—English majors have much to choose from after graduation. English studies_sentence_51

The most obvious career choices for English majors are writing, publishing, journalism, human resources specialist, and teaching. English studies_sentence_52

However, other less intuitive job options include positions in advertising, public relations, acting, law, business, marketing, information assurance, and directing. English studies_sentence_53

At High School English studies_section_6

Britain English studies_section_7

Most British children take English Language and English Literature as GCSE subjects, and many go on to study these at A Level. English studies_sentence_54

There continues to be debate within the teaching community regarding the relevance of Shakespeare for contemporary teens, some arguing for more modern texts, and some upholding the virtues of the classics. English studies_sentence_55

See also O Level. English studies_sentence_56

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