The major of English is about a lot more than just reading. It requires highly developed critical thinking and writing skills. You also need to be able to think creatively, conduct research and budget your time wisely. If you think you have these skills then continue reading to learn more about the major of English as well as the world of English scholarships.
Your studies will most likely begin with a year-long survey course examining English-language literature. Subsequent courses will focus on chronological periods of literature and specific genres. Core courses will cover topics such as Shakespeare, the short story, poetry, American literature, grammar, English drama and the Romantics.
Most programs feature a range of concentrations that will allow you to tailor your studies towards a specific educational or vocational goal. Examples of these concentrations include linguistics, drama, creative writing and ethnic literature.
You will be doing a large amount of writing as an English major. The majority of your core courses will demand at least two lengthy term papers per course. Also, you will be assigned more reading than seems possible. Even habitual, avid readers will need to plan their schedules carefully in order to complete all the assigned material. Your core classes will most likely be small and your grade will be based partly on the level of your discourse and observations as you contribute to class discussions.
The employment picture for graduates of English programs is mixed. An undergraduate degree in English can be the educational pathway to careers in fields such as publishing, media communications, social work, technical writing and other fields.
And while teaching positions at the university level are few and far between (as well as requiring graduate studies) competent and enthusiastic elementary, middle and high school English teachers are in demand. This demand will fluctuate by region with traditionally under-served communities offering more opportunities than larger metropolitan areas.
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Each year at its National Convention in July, the National Federation of the Blind gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study in the upcoming fall semester, in the United States, except that one scholarship may be given to a full-time employee also attending school part-time. Recipients of Federation scholarships need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind. The winner must be studying in the traditional humanities such as art, English, foreign languages, history, philosophy, or religion. Scholarship is for one year. Renewals possible upon reapplication.
The awards are highly competitive. Any college senior who expects a degree or any college graduate who is a citizen or permanent resident in the United States may apply, as long as he or she is not and has not been enrolled in any graduate program leading to a Ph.D. degree. Applicants must be applying to a program leading to the Ph.D in a humanistic field. Eligible fields of study include: art history, classics, comparative literature, critical theory, cultural anthropology, cultural studies, English literature, ethnic studies, ethnomusicology, foreign language & literature, history, history & philosophy of mathematics, history & philosophy of science, humanities, interdisciplinary studies, cultural linguistics, music history & theory, philosophy, political philosophy, political theory, religion, rhetoric, women's studies. Minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. Previously unsuccessful fellowship candidates may reapply. The prime objective of the Mellon Fellowships is to identify and encourage persons who are committed to teaching and have a broad vision of learning. High grade-point averages and high GRE scores are important but not the only measures of the excellence sought. Outstanding future promise, as attested to by faculty members, will be considered critical. The statement of interest in the field will also be read with great care, and candidates will be will advised to spend the time necessary to explain in this document their intellectual interests, hopes, and plans for the future. A writing sample of no more than seven pages is required. THE AWARDS: Eighty-five entry-level, one-year, portable merit fellowships will be awarded in the competition. Students should note that fellowships are for the first year of a Ph.D. program only and should plan to seek support elsewhere for subsequent years. Graduate schools are aware of the situation and can be expected to consider university support in the second and following years for those Mellon Fellows who have done well. Winners of Mellon Fellowships may take their awards to any accredited graduate school of arts and sciences in the United States and Canada. Each candidate is expected to apply to graduate school, in accordance with normal procedures, for admission to a program leading not only to the M.A. but also to the Ph.D. degree. Payment of the stipend will be made in two installments, the first in September, the second in January. Mellon Fellows are expected to carry a full course load. They may not accept supplementary awards or teaching assistantships during the nine-month academic year of the fellowship.
School/Area Eligibility For Scholarship: Florin HighMinimum Required Grade Point Average: 3.0Financial Need: Preference GivenPost Secondary Type of School: 4 Year College or UniversityCommunity CollegeSpecific Requirements for Applying:Interest in English/Drama/Creative WritingAttendance Requirement: Full-Time StudentRequired Participation In School Activities: YesRequired Participation In Community Activities: YesAdditional Qualifications:Provide a writing sample (fiction, poem, or essay). Finalist will interview with school site scholarship committee. Applicant must be Hispanic.Required Letters of Recommendation: Required 2 - 1 from English teacher & 2 from another adult (not family)
Awarded annually to an undergraduate student at Bryn Mawr College who is majoring in Latin, Greek, Classical Languages (both Latin and Greek), or Classical Culture & Society. Priority is given to those students with financial need who are majoring in the above subjects. In the event that Bryn Mawr College cannot identify a worthy candidate in the above majors, a History or English major with financial need will be selected.
The purpose of this scholarship is to provide a college opportunity for a student who has shown high academic potential. This award is $1,500.00, non-restrictive, renewable for four (4) years, and may be matched annually. Consideration requirements are a GPA of 3.0 or higher, 4 years of English, 3 years of mathematics and science, and 2 years of social studies and foreign language.
The purpose of this scholarship is to provide a college opportunity for a student who has shown high academic potential and career commitments to an elementary and/or secondary education. This award is $1,500.00, renewable for four (4) years, and may be matched annually. Consideration requirements are a GPA of 3.0 or higher, four (4) years of English, three (3) years of mathematics and science and two (2) years of social studies and foreign language.
The purpose of this scholarship is to provide a college opportunity for a student who has shown high academic potential. This award is $1,500.00 per year and will be matched, restricted to The University of Toledo and renewable for four (4) years. Consideration requirements are a GPA of 3.0 or higher, four (4) years of English, three (3) years of mathematics and science and two (2) years of social studies and foreign language.
This award is to provide a college opportunity for a student who has demonstrated the commitment to attend Ohio University. The award is for $1,500.00 per year, renewable for four (4) years. This award also includes a $1,500.00 match per year from The 50 Men & Women of Toledo, Inc. Consideration requirements are a GPA of 3.0 or higher, four (4) years of English, three (3) years of Mathematics and Science and two (2) years of Social Studies and Foreign Language.
Award for English majors who plan to teach in a secondary school.
Preference to students majoring in English who plan to teach.
The Department of English offers approximately $2,000 in scholarships ranging from $100 to over $500 annually to students majoring in English.
English scholarships for students majoring in English.
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