The Literature student is a reader. In this track, students read authors who have shaped the English-speaking globe, and practice the skills necessary to negotiate a complex world. They learn, for instance, perspectives on the human condition from those with life experiences completely different from their own, which leads to a greater ability to empathize (a highly valued skill in today’s workplace)..
The Creative Writing student is an artist. In this track, students study the craft of literary writing and produce their own stories, poems, and books. This major is great for students who love writing, see it as an art, and want to do it no matter what. Some attend graduate school to hone their skill, while others take jobs in industry and put their artistic abilities to work there.
The Professional Writing student is a media specialist. This is a good track for those who enjoy organizing and presenting information in multiple media. It is noted for cultivating expertise in writing for the digital workplace; in visual rhetoric, usability, and emergent technologies; in print and digital publishing; and for emphasizing collaboration, community service, and open-source development and documentation.
The English Education student is the teacher. English Education combines English with courses in educational psychology, curriculum development, and pedagogy. English Education graduates will be prepared to teach English in the state of Indiana from grades 5-12.
The English Language in a Global Context student is an internationalist. In this track, students learn about the history and structure of English, the varieties of English dialects, and language and social identity, and they study the teaching and learning of English as a second language. In their final year, students can choose to intern with Purdue Language and Cultural Exchange (PLaCE)—an ESL support program for international undergraduates at Purdue—or study abroad.
"New courses add variety to revamped English minor," from Purdue Exponent, January 17, 2017. Read the story here.
Purdue's English undergraduate programs are ranked #3 in the Top 10 Best Schools for English Majors by College Magazine for 2015 and 2016. A link to the article can be found here.
Once you have been accepted to Purdue you are assigned to an undergraduate advisor. The English Department has two advisors:
Their offices are located in the Liberal Arts Counseling Office in Beering Hall, Room 1114. They can be reached at (765) 494-3670.
You will meet with an undergraduate advisor to decide what courses you want to take your first semester at Purdue. The first time you register will probably be when you come to campus for "STAR." Students who cannot visit campus personally may make individual arrangements with one of the advisers for a phone appointment to talk about classes. It is extremely important that you be prepared each time you register. Although your adviser can suggest classes, it is ultimately your education; you should read carefully the description of courses in the catalog and look for offerings in each edition of Purdue's course offerings.
After your first semester, you will need to meet with your advisor at least once a semester, when you register for classes. (Of course you are encouraged to meet with them more often for advice, help with study scheduling, career planning, or for answers to other departmental-related questions.) When registering, it is a good idea to prepare a possible schedule (with alternate choices) ahead of time in case classes are already full. The suggested arrangement of courses (listed along with each of the English major descriptions) can help you decide what you should register for. Remember, most of the core classes may be taken in any order you choose, so you do not need to feel obligated to use the suggested arrangement.