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Ohio University Majors

English—Cultures, Rhetoric, & Theory Major

Program Overview

How are power and inequality embedded in language, everyday writing around us, and literature? How does cultural context change the meaning of what is said and written, or change what can be said or written? Using multiple theoretical lenses, students in the English – Cultures, Rhetoric, & Theory major explore concepts such as race and class; nation and ethnicity; internal migration and immigration; gender and sexuality; and colonialism, postcolonialism, and transnationalism. The major is also flexible enough to match your own interests and goals: you can fulfill up to 12 of the required hours in the major with creative writing workshops, courses in British or American literature, or apprenticeship or internship experiences. Like all majors in the English Department, the English – Cultures, Rhetoric, & Theory major includes the English Core to provide a solid foundation in literary genres and research. Students considering the English major with Cultures, Rhetoric, & Theory concentration may look for new opportunities beginning in academic year 2021-22 with a modern Core and more flexible, customizable concentration.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

Enrollment in the English major entails no requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

For students currently enrolled at Ohio University, transferring into an English major requires a 2.0 GPA. Students choosing to transfer into the English - CRT major should contact the director of undergraduate studies in the English department for assistance. Students who wish to add an English major in addition to another major program should seek assistance from the director of undergraduate studies; students with a second major outside the College of Arts and Sciences will be responsible for meeting the degree requirements of both the English - CRT major and the College of Arts and Sciences.

External Transfer Admission

For students currently enrolled at institutions other than Ohio University, transferring into the English - CRT major entails no requirements beyond University admission requirements. Students should contact the director of undergraduate studies in the English Department for assistance.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Upon graduation, those with a degree in English – Cultures, Rhetoric, & Theory will possess the skills to obtain a wide variety of careers. Many of our graduates pursue graduate school opportunities, and others still choose to pursue work in publishing, web content development, grant-writing and community organizing, advertising, or other creative industries. Having invested in developing their own creativity as well as in the well-rounded education that this degree requires, English – Cultures, Rhetoric, & Theory students can face the unexpected challenges of the 21st-century job market with confidence.

Potential employers for those who hold a degree in English – Cultures, Rhetoric, & Theory include, but are certainly not limited to, newspaper and magazine organizations, the entertainment industry, government agencies, institutions of higher education, public and private K-12 schools, publishing companies, marketing agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses, etc.

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Academic Catalog

The academic catalog provides additional information about curriculum and courses for this major.
Academic catalog

Program Details

Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Code: BA5236


College of Arts and Sciences 
English Department 
Ellis 201
Athens, OH 45701
Fax: 740.593.2832

Administrative Contact

Dr. Carey Snyder, contact person

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