About Macon State
The B.A. in English is a four-year course of study with a two-track program that either certifies students to teach English in high schools or graduates students with a traditional four-year English degree. In either track, students read literature and learn to write on topics generated by their reading experience. Good writers will become even stronger writers, and less experienced writers will soon become the strong writers that graduate schools and businesses desire. Some students will specialize in teaching English themselves.
Macon State College students have an excellent campus in Warner Robins to begin any baccalaureate that the college offers, including the English degree. Once the core curriculum is completed at WRC, students can continue their junior and senior course work at the Macon Campus. Students should remember that they can get first-rate advising at either campus.
Almost. All students must take and pass the Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) test, which is Georgia's test in English content that certifies graduates to teach in Georgia high schools.
It is important for all college students to be good writers, but it is especially important for English majors to work very hard on improving their writing skills as soon as they begin taking English courses. Students should value good writing and should always see writing as the most important life skill they gain from studying English.
If you like to read, that's a big plus, but you do not have to know everything before you begin. Our courses are designed to give students a wide knowledge of the many different kinds of literatures, the major authors from significant periods of literary history, and the important milestone texts of what your teachers will call the "canon" (books like The Canterbury Tales, Leaves of Grass, and To the Lighthouse).
All degrees take time to finish, but many part-time students finish in five or six years. Remember that not all courses are offered at all locations each semester. What is most important is that students plan closely with their advisers, being certain to complete the required courses as they are scheduled.
Law schools have always valued the training in close reading, logic, and writing for which an English degree is excellent training. Along with a minor in business, an English degree additionally puts students in a strong position to get an MBA. Good writing skills are also essential to the ever-growing field of digital writing and communication.
For many years, Macon State College has stressed digital literacy as we train students to work in the contemporary economy. Many of your classes will require that you work on an e-learning platform like WebCT Vista, and senior-level classes will often have students making presentations from websites that students learned to construct in other classes. We also offer courses in both professional writing and writing for the Web. It's also a really good idea for students to take a few IT courses or even get a minor in IT, since many jobs require both skills.
All students in English must take a certain number of classes in either French or Spanish (see program curriculum). Since the study of foreign language is essential to any thorough education in English, we encourage students to enjoy and value their exposure to a second language. Spanish, of course, is especially relevant as Georgia continues to add Spanish speakers to its businesses and classrooms.
Of course. There's also a very good chance that most of your English courses will transfer. Students sometimes have to take a few core courses as prerequisites when they transfer, but since Macon State College is still the most affordable higher education choice for students in Middle Georgia, it is much less expensive getting a degree from MSC than from anywhere else in the region.
Our faculty is exceptionally well trained, and we have many faculty members who regularly present at national conferences and publish in national publications. Three of the college's most recent recipients for Excellence in Teaching are in our department. Our campus offers opportunities for students to get involved with student organizations such as Sigma Tau Delta – the English Honors Society – as well as the English Studies Organization (ESO). An undergraduate academic conference is held on the Macon campus annually, and many of our English majors have presented academic papers at the conference. Several English majors have been invited to join the Honors Program and have traveled to state, regional, and national conferences to give papers. Finally, our students have the opportunity to engage in extracurricular activities where they can sharpen their creative and professional writing skills by working with The Macon Statement (campus newspaper) and The Fall Line Review (literary magazine).