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Careers with an English Degree

When you graduate with your degree in English from SNU, you’ll have the preparation you need for a wide variety of careers, including

  • Publishing
  • Film making
  • Teaching & academics
  • Law
  • Media & journalism
  • Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations
  • Government & Non-profit Agencies
  • Business and Finance

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Study English at Southern Nazarene University, Bethany OK

Bachelor's Degree in English


We know you are selecting a college for more than just its location or school colors. You want to go somewhere that will prepare you for the future. Your future. At Southern Nazarene University, we want that for you too. That is why we work hard to make sure our degrees are supported by some of the top curriculum available. We hire highly-qualified faculty who not only know the ins and outs of the profession you seek, but who truly wish to see you succeed individually. And we make sure you leave SNU prepared for a great job in your literary career. That's why we can encourage you to not just dream, but to dream with confidence. 

English Program

Your education is our number one priority at SNU. That’s why, unlike most English programs, SNU tailors your degree to you, as an individual. When you meet with an SNU advisor they won’t just tell you what classes to take, they’ll help you find specialized classes that concentrate on your career and academic goals. Goals we help you develop beginning with your first entry level class—designed to answer the question, “What do you do with an English degree?” As you follow your tailored degree plan, you may find yourself taking classes from a number of different disciplines. Speech Communication. Technology. Theology. Fine Arts. Each of these are offered in a Learning Community setting with a cross-discipline teaching team and help round out your degree program. Looking for a truly unique class opportunity? Ask about our cutting edge courses in film studies and graphic novels! 

Innovative Learning Opportunities

At SNU we recognize that learning takes place outside of classrooms as well. That’s why we work to provide hands-on learning experiences beginning during your very first semester. Perhaps you will go on staff with the student on-line newspaper and become a member of the Oklahoma Collegiate Media Association. Maybe you have an interest in joining our national award winning yearbook staff? Or you might consider the opportunity to contribute to the university literary student magazine. As an upper level student you will have the opportunity to join a Spring Break trip to London for class credit. Stay in Kensington Park and visit various London sites including Stonehenge, Bath and Oxford. During the trip you will be looking at the British Empire 

You will also be able to build resume and expertise through an internship or volunteer opportunity, while you finish up your degree. Work with the Poetry Society of Oklahoma Youth Awards. Become a member of Modern Language Association. Research and present an academic paper at Research Symposium. Participate in the Best Semester program and spend a semester studying in a new location. Washington Journalism Center. Oxford Summer Program. Latin America Studies Program. Middle East Studies Program in Egypt. 

Highly- Qualified Teachers

At SNU our English faculty are more than just educators. They have practical experience as writers and editors. As an English student you will gain valuable lessons as you study under professors with specialized expertise. A writing consultant for Oklahoma Writing Project. The co-owner of 46th Star Press, Publishing Company. A grant writer responsible for grants totaling more than 6 million dollars for SNU. A former Oxford professor. Freelance copyeditor. Academic writer for SUNY Press. Even more staggering than these impressive resumes, our professors are attuned to YOU. The English department holds a two-time winner of the SNU Excellence in Teaching Award and a two-time winner of the SNU Excellence in Faculty Performance Award. Both awards boast a concern for your education over their own personal achievements.

Preparation After Graduation

While at SNU you will gain the knowledge and experience needed to seek the career path of your dreams.From graduate school to entering the job force—you will be prepared to achieve.Brad Moore, SNU Graduate is a prime example of achievement. Moore currently serves as the President of Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions—the most honored series in US television history. Moore has led the series for 29 years, nearly half its 61 year existence.

Under Moore’s leadership, Hallmark Hall of Fame has produced over 100 feature length movies that have received numerous honors. 31 total Emmy Awards. 5 Emmy Awards for Best Picture.7 Golden Globes. Just to name a few.“My English studies provided superb preparation,” says Moore of his time at SNU. “First for graduate school and later for many aspects of business life. A wide range of student government and other extra-curricular activities at SNU helped me develop leadership skills. It’s no secret that colleges and universities like SNU are far superior to huge institutions in providing such opportunities for a greater proportion of students.”Moore went on from SNU to complete his MBA in marketing and international business from North Western University and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from SNU in 2009.

The Program

  • Entry level classes seeking to answer the question, “What do you do with an English degree?”
  • A tailored degree to meet the interests of each individual student
  • Cross-disciplinary coursework from disciplines like mass communication and graphic design
  • Cutting edge courses in film studies and the graphic novel
  • Special studies courses in African American Literature, Tolkien, and the Walking Dead
  • Traditional courses in World, British, and American literature
  • Writing courses in Poetry, Screen-writing, and the Novel
  • Opportunities for student involvement on the staff of The Arrow, our national award winning yearbook, Expressions, the university literary student magazine, and The Echo, our award winning campus newspaper
  • Practical internships at local publishing companies, non profit agencies, magazines, and newspapers

The Professors

  • Hold advanced degrees in literature, writing, and technology
  • Represent a wide-range of academic interest and emphasis
  • Maintain membership and contact with local, regional, and national organizations that promote the study of writing and the arts
  • Have practical experience as writers, editors, and publishers, including a co-owner of 46th Star Press and a grant writer responsible for grants totaling more than 6 million dollars for SNU
  • Include a two-time winner of the SNU Excellence in Teaching Award as well as the SNU Excellence in Faculty Performance Award

The Preparation

  • SNU prepares graduates with the knowledge and experience needed to seek the career path of their dreams
  • Our graduates are successful in graduate school and the workforce

Alumni Spotlight

Ryan Scott
English Alumni Ryan Scott at Southern Nazarene University, Bethany Oklahoma
Currently: Owner/Filmmaker/Animator at RYIT Creative, freelance creative business

Responsibilities: Scott helps his clients visually showcase big ideas they would like to communicate about their business. He then writes voiceover, crafts story boards, illustrates, animates and delivers the piece.

Achievements: In addition to starting his own company, Scott recently finished his first feature length film that will be nationally released in May. He has been in several film festivals around the country and has even travelled around the globe shooting videos and short films for various clients.

In His Words: “My lit classes gave me insight as to how stories are received in the human experience. How we like our stories with characters, conflict, context etc. But it also enlightened me to the purpose and need for art and a cultural relevancy in the Christian life. WHY we tell stories and the impact of them.”

Our Nazarene Heritage
Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to educating people for lives of service to God, leadership, and reconciliation toward their neighbors and within the global community. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read About Our Heritage

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