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The English Specialization is ideal for students who plan to transfer to a college or university to pursue a Bachelor of Arts or Sciences in English, Creative Writing, or Writing/Rhetoric or who are pursuing work as entry-level professional writers. It offers a balanced courseload that builds on concepts from the humanities, social sciences, foreign languages, and sciences, in addition to specialty Literature and Writing courses at the 200-level.

Program Details

Students enrolled in the English Specialization program can choose to concentrate in one of three areas: Literature, Creative Writing, and Writing and Rhetoric. In Literature, students will study a wide variety of texts and learn how to analyze them in meaningful ways through different literary approaches that take into account culture, history, and identity. In Creative Writing, students will explore how to write short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction while also reading diverse writers of these genres and studying their creative processes. In Rhetoric and Writing, students will study elements of the writing process and learn about how to craft arguments visually, performatively, and professionally.

Transfer Opportunites

In order to learn more about possible transfer opportunities associated with this program of study please visit: https://www.nvcc.edu/transfer/. Students interested in transferring should contact an advisor or counselor to further discuss their plans.

Credit for Prior Learning

Northern Virginia Community College accepts industry-standard certifications, credentials and/or professional courses for credit. Broadly, licenses, credentials and/or certifications must be current and valid for consideration. For more information regarding the status of the certification and its eligibility for credit, please see an advisor or faculty members in the discipline area that awards CPL credit.

The most current information can be found here for CPL: Certifications and Credentials.

Program Degrees and Certificates


Career Prospects

Students who major in Liberal Arts with the English Specialization often go into teaching, creative writing, technical writing and editing, law, the dramatic and visual arts, advertising/marketing, and other academic and professional disciplines. This specialization provides a firm foundation that prepares students for the rigors of textual analysis needed in many fields and in upper-division coursework in English at their chosen four-year college or university.

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