The curriculum concentrates on the history and theory of film as an art form, exploring the medium through courses in several fields including comparative literature, English, Romance languages, and Germanic and Slavic languages. Additional courses are available that deal with acting, directing, and writing for the camera.
Teacher candidates take specific courses in the teaching of grammar and writing, literature (including specific attention to young adult literature), reading, and planning instruction while designing practical classroom activities to use in their student teaching. Faculty bring their own research into effective practice; this cutting-edge scholarship makes the UGA English Education a dynamic one. A portfolio reflects and synthesizes all coursework and student teaching for use in launching a teaching career.
English is an excellent pre-professional major, whether the goal is to study law, medicine, or literature. Graduates find careers in public relations, management positions, technical writing, publishing, business, teaching, and others that demand writing, interpretation, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
The study of English involves learning about language, history, usage, and the shifting cultural contexts within the English-speaking world. The English Department at the University of Georgia is a diverse scholarly community of over 40 faculty and 600 undergraduates who are committed to preserving, transmitting, and extending the rich cultural legacy of the English language. At the core of this mission lies the complex skills of reading and writing which help to develop critical and creative thinking, articulate self-expression, and a broad knowledge of literature.