English Major Overview

Who are those students who pursue the English major at Bluefield College? They are seekers … and they are sharers. English majors want to follow the thread of humanity through the study of writings that reveal who we were, who we are, and who we are becoming. Bluefield College English majors sharpen their communication skills so they too might become sharers of their own generation's understanding of the human condition. An overview of World, British and American literature orchestrates and satisfies the passion of such students, opening to them the keen awareness of the human condition which defines mankind throughout the ages. English Majors at Bluefield College  focus on one of two disciplinary concentrations: Literature Concentration and Writing Concentration.


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English Major Internships

The English Department offers two on-campus internships:

  1. The Bluestone Review where students serve as editors for the college literary magazine.
  2. Tutoring Writing where students work with the Director of the Academic Center for Excellence to assist student writers.

English Major Outcomes

The English program at Bluefield offers courses in World Literature and the literatures of other countries and cultures. Students are exposed to a variety of cultural values, preparing them to work in our increasingly global society. In addition, the English major emphasizes critical thinking and communication, two skills vital for relating to the larger world. Many of our English majors have chosen to participate in our Chinese exchange program and other study-abroad programs. Students have also participated in domestic programs for increasing global awareness at The Chicago Center for Urban Studies.

Career Opportunities

  • Information Specialist
  • Public Opinion Analyst
  • Translator
  • Journalist
  • Critic
  • Educational Writer
  • Editor

Positions Held by Alumni

  • Education
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Journalism
  • Technical Writing
  • Magazine Editing

Graduate Schools Attended

  • Hollins University
  • Virginia Tech
  • Radford University
  • University of Tennessee

Clubs and Organizations

ΣΤΔ is the International English Honor Society. Bluefield’s ΑΚΛ chapter members have participated in programs such as World Book Night. Members have also had papers accepted to the International ΣΤΔ Convention, an excellent opportunity to network both with students from around the country and with representatives of various graduate programs. In addition, members have the opportunity to submit articles and creative work to two ΣΤΔ journals, and to apply for leadership positions and scholarships through the program.

Contact Information

Rob Merritt

Rob Merritt, PhD
Chair, Department of English; Dean, College of Arts and Letters









Class of 2013

"Throughout my four years at Bluefield College, I have grown in my passion for both learning and writing. Being an English major has helped me to refine my ability to communicate through the written word."