Students majoring in English receive a broad general-education background that prepares them for transfer to four-year colleges, where they can continue their studies in rhetoric, writing, and literature, or where they can begin other majors in and outside of the liberal arts. Students who take a BA in English find employment in education, publishing, business, and the arts. In addition, the BA in English is excellent preparation for law school and for graduate school in English or another related field. Finally, some students who earn an AA in English go on to study for a bachelor's in business, thereby combining excellent communications skills with business acumen.
What do students learn by studying Liberal Arts? A Liberal Arts education helps students develop strong and ordered minds as they explore the world’s collected wisdom in literature, history, mathematics, science, philosophy and the arts. It teaches them to recognize and construct arguments, to appreciate diverse cultures and perspectives, and to have a sense of humility about lives and minds that have gone before. Its emphasis on language helps students broaden their cultural perspective and become more aware of their own identity.
The courses comprising a liberal arts education at Middlesex are the core of all liberal arts programs at the bachelor’s level. Students may select the general degree, the most flexible of all our Liberal Arts programs, or one of the many specialized options.
Are there any requirements that must be satisfiedbefore taking courses in the major? Algebra I is a prerequisite for all majors. Competency in Algebra I may be verified with a passing score on the College’s placement test or by completion of the appropriate course. Students must also have a grade of “C” or better in one year of high school laboratory science.
How long will it take to complete this degree? Once students complete developmental coursework (if needed), the degree can be completed in two years of full-time study. They can shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer and winter sessions.