The English major teaches students to analyze literary texts of considerable difficulty within the frames of literary history and theory. English majors learn to make successful and astute arguments about the interrelations between literary texts, literary history, and literary theory orally and in writing. Strong critical thinkers who are trained to articulate difficult concepts in clear language, English majors are prepared for careers requiring intellectual sophistication and clear expression and graduate study in professional or academic areas ranging from literature or law to creative writing or teaching. Certification in secondary education in English is available. Students may elect to complete a rigorous program of study which leads to a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, culminating in a creative tutorial. Highly qualified students may also be admitted to the 5-year BFA/MFA in Creative Writing or to the BA/MAT program in Teaching.