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Creative Writing

Hone your writing clarity, structure, and expression. Deepen your context and experience. That’s what a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Ball State offers. Learn more.

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English Studies

Ball State’s major in English studies offers diverse gateways into the study of language through courses in literature, linguistics, creative writing, rhetoric, and writing—all preparing you for a wide range of career opportunities. Learn more.

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Literature

Gain a new perspective on your favorite authors and discover new ones with Ball State’s major in literature—one of the most innovative degree paths on campus. Learn more.

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Rhetoric and Writing

Choose a major in rhetoric and writing, and you’ll become immersed in the theory and practice of discourse, with an emphasis on written forms. You’ll graduate well prepared to immediately jump into a career or pursue graduate-level studies. Learn more.

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Teaching English/Language Arts

Are you interested in becoming not just a teacher, but an English teacher? Ball State’s major in teaching English language arts will prepare you for a career in secondary school teaching. Learn more.

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African American Studies

Gain a better understanding of our nation as a whole and black people’s contributions to it by exploring how race, power, and resistance have shaped American society. Learn more.

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Creative Writing

Our creative writing minor is designed to contribute to your liberal arts and professional education by fostering creative thinking and effective writing. Learn more.

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Film and Screenwriting

The minor in film and screenwriting delivers a foundation in film theory/analysis while also enabling you to learn the ins and outs of compelling storytelling for the screen. Learn more.

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Linguistics and Global Communication

Ball State’s minor in linguistics and global communication introduces you to the scientific study of human language, its structure, its diversity, and its communicative properties. Learn more.

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Literature

This minor builds a foundation in language and literary studies that you will use again and again throughout your career and life. Learn more.

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Professional Writing

Ball State’s minor in professional writing prepares you in the genres, styles, and communication practices essential for the contemporary, digital workplace. Learn more.

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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The minor in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) offers the skills and knowledge necessary for teaching English to non-native speakers of English both domestically and internationally. Learn more.

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English Studies

The master of arts in English studies is designed for students eager to explore English studies at the graduate level. The degree is designed to serve students wishing to prepare for doctoral work, satisfy requirements for a teaching license, or take a terminal master’s degree. Learn more.

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Rhetoric and Composition

The MA in rhetoric and composition offers a broad understanding of rhetorical and writing studies, preparing you to pursue a PhD or move directly into a professional career field. Learn more.

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Creative Writing

Whether your long-term plans involve the pursuit of an MA, a PhD, or a career in professional writing or editing, Ball State’s master of arts in creative writing is designed to prepare you for the next step in your writing life. Learn more.

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Literature

Ball State’s master of arts in linguistics empowers you to understand the scientific study of human language. Learn more.

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Linguistics

Ball State’s master of arts in linguistics empowers you to understand the scientific study of human language. Learn more.

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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The MA in TESOL program prepares students to teach English to speakers of other languages, both in English speaking and non-English speaking environments. Learn more.

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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Linguistics

This joint degree program combines the best of TESOL (teaching of English to speakers of other languages) and linguistics, allowing students to consider language development at its most basic and complex levels. Learn more.

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Applied Linguistics

One of the few its kind in the U.S., Ball State’s PhD in applied linguistics prepares students to teach on the college level, conduct research into modern and ancient languages, consult in multicultural workplaces, and serve in medical, legal, and educational environments. Learn more.

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Literature

Ball State’s doctoral program in English with a concentration in literature prepares you to become a mature scholar/teacher or accept professional-level positions in business, industry, or allied fields. Learn more.

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Rhetoric and Composition

Students in Ball State’s PhD in rhetoric and composition gain a broad understanding of rhetorical and writing studies: histories, pedagogies, research strategies, technologies, and administration. Learn more.

English as a New Language Add-on License

Meet and advocate for the needs of students learning the English language in your classroom or school. This 15-credit program and an exam will qualify you for a K-12 English as a New Language license. Learn more.

English as a New Language Add-on License

Prepare to support English language learners with this 15-credit add-on license program, which is offered entirely online. Learn more.

Teaching Writing Certificate

Immerse yourself in writing theory and join a community of fellow teachers of writing with this 15-credit certificate program. Learn more.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate

One of the few certificates of its type in the country, this all-online program will prepare you to teach English in an outreach or community program, a weekend program, or overseas. This program is ideal if your career plans to require a full teaching license. Learn more.