The major in English is particularly helpful for students who wish to teach English at the secondary level, pursue careers in writing or editing, attend law school or prepare for theological studies, or pursue studies in literature at the graduate level. Combined with other appropriate studies, the major in literature is excellent preparation for the fields of medicine and business.

  1. Those who wish to major in English must complete the formal application process.
  2. Those majoring in English must achieve and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in all courses in the major.
  3. Each senior must schedule and complete an exit interview with English literature faculty prior to graduation.

Learn more about studying English at UVA Wise by consulting the College Catalog.


View course descriptions in the College Catalog.

Licensure for Teaching English

Students who wish to pursue the Virginia College Professional Certificate with endorsement to teach English in secondary grades 6-12 must complete Liberal Arts Core courses and courses for the English major, professional studies courses, the teaching internship, and meet requirements for admission and retention in the UVA Wise Teacher Education Program (TEP). Students must have a GPA of at least 3.0 in 3000-level or above courses in the major to receive a departmental recommendation to the TEP. Changing state requirements may alter this course list. The student should check with the Director of Teacher Education on a regular basis.