English Major

Why English?

The School offers courses in both composition and literature. The former seek to provide training in the techniques and skills necessary to produce acceptable, effective written expression. The latter are designed to acquaint students with prose and poetry of recognized merit and to develop in students an intelligent understanding and appreciation of literature as an outgrowth and interpretation of life.

Entering freshmen whose ACT score in English is 16 or lower are required to enroll in ACAC 0330 before attempting ENGL 1301. Credit may be given for satisfactory scores on the English sections of ACT, SAT I, CLEP, or Advanced Placement (AP).

Careers in English

  • Public Relations
  • Government or Law
  • Grant or Proposal Writing
  • Publishing
  • Marketing or Advertising
  • Translation
  • Freelance writing
  • Education or Teaching
  • Technical Writing/Communication
  • Journalism or Media
  • Law Enforcement
  • Library Science

English Student Profiles
Hi! I am Mary Green, a junior English/Language Arts and Spanish Education double major at Wayland. I was raised in the town of Dumas, Texas, where I became interested in my major as well as attending Wayland. Teaching has always been my passion, and I also love languages, so these majors fit my personality particularly well. At first the lengthy name of "English/Language Arts" confused me as opposed to a plain "English" major, but I realized that the ELA will help me obtain my secondary teaching certification.

When I’m not in class I sing in the International Choir, lead a freshman ministries group, serve in Alpha Delta Kappa, a Christian service sorority, teach a small group at Harvest Christian Fellowship, and enjoy hanging out with my friends. Once I graduate, I plan to teach high school English/Language Arts or Spanish in the Texas Panhandle, or to teach English/Language Arts to students in foreign countries. My school will be my mission field.

English Faculty Accomplishments
Recently, Dr. Arch Mayfield, professor of English, presented a paper at the 2006 San Antonio College Multicultural Conference, “How Dubious Is Our Battle?” and conducted a writing workshop, “Genre Jumping.”  In September 2006 he presented a second paper, “Mr. Dooley Says,” at the Langdon Review of the Arts Weekend in Granbury, Texas, and attended both the Modern Language Association and South Asian Literary Association annual meetings in Philadelphia in December 2006.  Dr. Mayfield returned to the 2007 SAC Multicultural Conference to present a paper on Annie Proulx’s Accordion Crimes, and an additional paper titled “Toward a Style that Stays” at the Conference of College Teachers of English (CCTE) in College Station, for which he received a cash prize associated with the Outstanding Paper in American Literature Award.  Recently nominated to serve a three-year term as a councilor for CCTE, Dr. Mayfield is also working on a proposal investigating the changing role of the “war profiteer” in American literature.  In addition to serving the university and community in a number of other ways, Dr. Mayfield regularly teaches Composition, American Literature, Contemporary Usage, Major American Writers, and Modern Poetry, and recently received the Janis Davis Faculty Appreciation Award from the Student Government Association.

English Requirements
The major requires 30 semester hours, of which 24 must be upper level. Students who plan to teach in public schools should consult the School of Education for specific requirements for certification. Majors must take a comprehensive exam during their final semester.

The following courses (36 hours) are required for the English major:
*ENGL 1301 – Composition and Rhetoric
*ENGL 1302 – Composition and Reading
*ENGL 2303 – World Literature
Select three hours from the following three courses:
     *ENGL 2301 – English Literature
     *ENGL 2302 – American Literature
     ENGL 3304 – Advanced Grammar
21 hours of upper-level electives in English

* Twelve hours are included in the general education core curriculum.