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New bachelor's degree in English announced

2/16/2004 —

A new bachelor of arts degree in English will be available to students at Penn State Wilkes-Barre beginning this fall, announced Dr. Mary E. Hines, campus executive officer. This degree emphasizes the skills necessary in today’s workforce for critical thinking, communication, and research, especially in the humanities, while retaining the traditional academic focus on reading, writing, literature, and language. Qualified students may participate in career internships and in the English honors program. Graduates of English programs are successfully employed in publishing, business, industry, government, and teaching because they are highly sought after for their ability to gather, analyze, synthesize, and communicate information. Many pursue postgraduate studies in law, education, business, publishing, media, communications, and other disciplines.

“Penn State Wilkes-Barre is well-positioned to begin offering this degree immediately,” said Dr. Steven D. Putzel, associate professor of English at the campus. “We have a faculty with national and international reputations and with extensive teaching and research expertise in: American & British literature, comparative literature, creative writing, drama, advertising theory, film & media studies, popular culture, women’s studies, computer conferencing, and professional writing. This program is modeled directly on the English baccalaureate offered at Penn State University Park, though our class size is much smaller so students get more personal attention.”

The addition of the 4-year English degree brings to seven the number of baccalaureate degrees that can be completed at the campus in Lehman. Students also have the option of spending two years at the Wilkes-Barre campus, then completing their degree at another Penn State location, including University Park. But with this new degree, students can earn a four-year Penn State English degree without leaving the area.

For more information on the new English degree program, or other programs, contact the Admissions office at 570-675-9238 or wbadmissions@psu.edu


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