Bachelor of Arts in English

College of Arts and Sciences

Program Overview English (BA)

In the time that it takes you to read this page, technology will have changed, artificial intelligence will have evolved, and more people will wonder if a degree in English is still valuable. Well consider this: everything generated by AI was once created by a writer who started by reading literature, and then imagined, wrote, researched, and continued to write and produce books, poems, screenplays, biographies, articles, advertising, digital content, and so much more. From writing an email or a blog post, to scripting a video, the English major always takes the lead in generating influence and engagement.  

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The study of literature, writing, rhetoric, and languages expands the mind, ignites curiosity, and fuels creativity. It is a rigorous exploration of the human experience and interconnectivity. It helps develop critical and creative thinking, and cross-cultural awareness and empathy.

Why study English @ Barry?

Craft, creativity, and sensitivity. Here you will read (a lot) and write (a lot) with the end goal of refining your techniques, communicating effectively, and expanding your worldview. Our core values are shaped by the following approaches to teaching and research:  

Student Accomplishment
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    Creativity and Critical Thinking

    Our curriculum and our teaching strategies engage critical questions pertaining to social and linguistic justice, activism, and the consequences of human behavior in our contemporary world. We also take creative approaches by bringing real-world applications into the classroom.  

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    Local and Multinational

    Our students and faculty come from our local, diverse communities but also from a host of international locations. This blending of languages, cultures, and ethnicities creates enriching interconnected experiences, and cross-cultural awareness.  

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    Innovation and Technology

    We believe technology is made to assist but not dominate the human mind. Our commitment is to stay ahead of trends in digital media, visual rhetoric, plus audio and video production through courses such as Writing for the Internet or Multimedia Writing. We actively collaborate with the Communication Dept. and have access to various resources such as the Digital Media lab, Student Media Center, the David Brinkley Television Studio, the campus radio and cable TV stations, the podcast recording studio, and the student newspaper.

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    Experiential Learning

    At Barry we know the learning is in the doing. Through internships and other experiential learning opportunities, we help each student transform concepts into actionable career and professional paths. Our students publish their work in What Often Was Thought?; the Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Excellence; Queen City Writers, The Buccaneer student newspaper, and actively co-create Barry University marketing materials through the Barry Ad Company, a student-powered advertising agency.  

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    Personalized Support

    We offer individualized mentorship and advising; one-on-one attention to the entire student’s path in college and beyond. Award-winning experts in academic or professional discourses, our faculty advisors are trained to work with students from all types of backgrounds.  

Career Pathways

The capacity to think quickly and pull information together from diverse sources, and apply that information in a professional situation will lead to numerous career pathways in business, government, law, healthcare, journalism, education, social service, among others.  

    • Advertising, marketing, public relations, and media 
    • AI prompt engineering 
    • Journalism and Professional Writing 
    • Business 
    • Consulting 
    • Counseling 
    • Education 
    • Law 
    • Lobbying 
    • Community Service and Nonprofits 
    • Politics 
    • Public Policy 

Top Stories

  • Barry student attends Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society conference June 03, 2024

    On Thursday, April 4th, second-year English major Lojan Shaker excitedly headed to the Miami International Airport to fly to St. Louis, Missouri, where she presented at the annual Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society conference. She spent the weekend networking with her peers, sharing her work, and exploring the unique culture in St. Louis.

  • Dr. Andrea Greenbaum Greenbaum's new book August 03, 2023

    A 6th book published by our Professor in the Department of English and Foreign Languages

  • Barry Senior Earns Fulbright Scholarship May 15, 2023

    The award will take standout Spanish major Shanieya Harris to Spain, where she will serve as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant.

  • Department of English and Foreign Languages Quantico writer Gisselle Legere Visits Barry March 17, 2022

    Writer Gisselle Legere is a deaf Cuban woman who made her break into the behind-the-scenes Hollywood industry after recording her very first short on her iPhone. And now, she is credited as a scriptwriter of the hit TV show, Quantico.

  • Submit to the Sigma Tau Delta Writing Contest by February 18, 2022 December 10, 2021

    Writing Contest Open to All Barry Students Through the International English Honor Society

  • Catching Up With 2019, Paris Razor, Who Is Headed To Grad School June 24, 2021

    In 2019, Paris Razor graduated from Barry with a double specialization in literature and professional writing. Since then, she has worked as the America Reads Coordinator at Miami-Dade College, and is preparing to take on a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration.

  • What Oft Was Thought Is Available Now Online March 29, 2021

    The latest issue of Barry’s literary journal, What Oft Was Thought, is now available in a digital format online.

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As part of Barry's diverse, close-knit community of 3,000 undergraduates, you’ll grow and build lifelong relationships. With a 15:1 student to faculty ratio, you'll thrive thanks to individualized instruction and professors who are experts in their fields. The best part? You’ll leave college with the skills you need to succeed and little debt; we work to make school affordable through merit-based scholarships and financial aid.

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More than 90% of our students receives some form of financial assistance. Apply to see if you qualify for a full array of federal and state financial aid programs. Just submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete it as soon as possible since funds may be limited. Barry's federal school code is 001466. Curious about qualifying? Take a look at our Net Price Calculator.

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