About Macon State
John Keats's 1816 poem "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer" describes the intense emotion, broadening of perspective, and sense of personal transformation that can accompany the study of literature. To Keats, reading is like "travel[ing] in the realms of gold / and seeing many goodly states and kingdoms" (lines 1-2), and our role as readers can be compared to that of "some watcher of the skies / when a new planet swims into his ken" (9-10).
The Macon State College Department of English invites you to be our traveling companions, to discover new planets of ideas, to traverse that foreign land of the imagination. Literary study can and does open up new worlds for those who embrace it with open minds and hearts, and we feel privileged to be your guides on this exciting journey.
The Bachelor of Arts degree in English develops the critical thinking, writing, research, and communication skills of students as they explore and familiarize themselves with the great literary texts of Western and world literature. In this program of study, students gain an appreciation for the imaginative power of language and demonstrate, through developing written and verbal skills, their ability to engage great authors and their works. The academic discipline of English affords students excellent preparation for careers in education, communication, public relations, technical and business writing, and many other career choices involving expert writing and language skills.
The B.A. in English with teacher certification track is approved by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC), and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).